x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Kuwaiti woman arrested for driving her father to hospital in Saudi Arabia

A Kuwaiti woman has reportedly been arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.

KUWAIT CITY // A Kuwaiti woman was reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia for trying to drive her father to hospital, a week after Saudi women protested against a ban on female drivers.

Kuwaiti women are free to drive in their country and enjoy far more rights than those in Saudi Arabia, who are not allowed to travel abroad, open a bank account or work without permission from a male relative.

The English language Kuwait Times said the woman was driving in an area just over the border, with her father in the passenger seat, when she was stopped by police. Kuwaitis and Saudi nationals regularly cross the border and communities living along the frontier are often a mix of people from both countries.

The woman, who said her diabetic father could not drive and needed to be taken to hospital for treatment, is being held in custody pending an investigation, the paper said, citing police.

The paper did not suggest that the woman was protesting Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers.

Saudi police in the border town Al Khafji referred calls to the local traffic police, who could not be reached for comment. Officials in the Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said they could not comment on reports of incidents outside Kuwait.

* Reuters