Saad al-Hijri was suspended from all religious activity in the southern province of Asir after his comment was widely pilloried on social media.
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Hijri said women – who normally are “half-brained” compared to men – “end up with only a quarter” when they go shopping and therefore must denied driving licences, according to an online video identifying him as a senior religious figure.
Unrelated men and women are normally segregated in Saudi Arabia, where offices and restaurants have separate sections for single men and families.
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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