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Saudi cleric calls women quarter brained, suspended

Saad Al-Hijri Was Suspended From All Religious Activity In The Southern Province Of Asir After His Comment Was Widely Pilloried On Social Media.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Sep 2017, 11:46:26 PM
Hijri later said that his comment was a ‘slip of the tongue’ (Twitter)


A Saudi cleric who said women should not be allowed to drive because they have a ‘quarter’ of the brainpower of men has been banned from preaching, media reported on Friday.

Saad al-Hijri was suspended from all religious activity in the southern province of Asir after his comment was widely pilloried on social media.

Hijri said women -- who normally are ‘half-brained’ compared to men – ‘end up with only a quarter’ when they go shopping and therefore must be denied driving licences, according to an online video identifying him as a senior religious figure.

Hijri's comment sparked a storm on social media, with women's rights activists calling for his suspension, but he also had pockets of support from conservative followers.

Hijri later said that his comment was a ‘slip of the tongue’, according to Sabq online newspaper. 

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First Published : 22 Sep 2017, 11:45:37 PM