Saudi cleric suspended for calling women ‘quarter brained’

Saad al-Hijri. Photo: Youtube

Riyadh: 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, leading prayers and other religious activities.

Saad al-Hijri was suspended from all religious activity in the southern province of Asir after his comment was widely criticised on social media, a report in PTI said.

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, the PTI report said.

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