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Saudi husband justifies posting photo of teaching wife how to drive

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Faisal BaDughaish, the Saudi man who tweeted a photo of him in a car teaching his wife how to drive shortly after the ban on women’s driving was lifted, said those who insulted him and threatened him on Twitter have been approached by Saudi authorities.

BaDughaish thanked Saudi security forces for quickly addressing the matter and thanked everyone who shared his photo respectfully.

Speaking to Al-Arabiya.net, BaDughaish said his wife wanted to learn how to drive and the royal decree lifting the ban on women’s driving encouraged her to go ahead and start learning.

Asked why he published a photo, he said: “I published it to show the entire world that I, a Saudi citizen, support this decision.”

“Many objected to the fact that my wife appears in the photo. It’s a sensitive issue for me since my family is conservative but a photo is worth a thousand words. I don’t think the tweet would have been circulated worldwide if it were only words,” he added.

BaDughaish, who was teaching his wife how to drive in a private parking area, also called on women not to drive before rules and regulations are issued and advised them to learn how to drive in private, closed areas.

He added that he also shared the photo to encourage men to help their wives and teach them how to drive.