After the Saudi Kingdom lift up the ban on women’s driving, many women in Saudi Arabia had applied to get the driving licenses. On June 24, the Saudi government started issuing driving licenses to the Saudi women after taking the required driving tests.
One of them was an Indian lady named Saramma Thomas. She received her driving license on June 28 and became the first Indian woman in Saudi Arabia to get an official driving license to drive a car in the kingdom.
Saramma belongs to Pathanamthitta in the Indian state of Kerala and is currently working at Jubail King Abdulaziz hospital in Dammam for the last nine years as a nurse.
“Many women in Saudi Arabia called me to let me know that they felt motivated after watching me driving, I hope this becomes an inspiration for more women who want to drive in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Saramma said in a statement.
On September 2, 2017, the Saudi authorities gave the royal proclamation to allow women in Saudi Arabia to drive after getting driving licenses. Saudi government took this step after persistent demands from several quarters in this regards.