On Sunday, a Saudi court denied Salma Al Sharif, a woman whose car was burned down by men last year, a million-riyal compensation. This comes months after the two defendants who were initially accused of setting her car on fire were found innocent

The case is currently in an appeals phase, initiated by Al Sharif, who is fighting against the verdict that cleared the men of all charges held against them. 

Her lawyer, Kamal Sharif, said she was denied compensation because the sum of money she requested was deemed too high by the judge handling the appeals case. He also added that his client is now waiting for a final verdict in the legal saga - and it's expected to pass in mid-May.  

Al Sharif's car was set on fire shortly after women began driving in Saudi Arabia in June 2018, after the driving ban was lifted. 

The young woman had decided to hit the kingdom's roads after getting her license, but a few men in her hometown Al Jamoum weren't having it. Though they repeatedly threatened and harassed her, Al Sharif defiantly drove her car, angering the men. 

They then burned her car in a hate crime that shocked thousands. At the time of the attack, Al Sharif shared her story with media outlets, saying the men demanded she stops driving because it was "against the will of God." 

After she took her case to court, a judge issued an innocent verdict against the alleged perpetrators, but Al Sharif refused to accept it and decided to take the case to an appeals court. 

Al Sharif isn't the only woman who was harassed for driving in the kingdom

"As I was driving my car today, I was harassed by a young man on The King's highway. The man kept on chasing after my car, going right and left in the three lanes ahead of us! When he realized we were filming him, he sped away. He put my life and my family's life in danger and also risked the lives of those driving around us. I reported him to the kingdom's authorities."

Though the ban lift on women driving in Saudi Arabia was seen as a step forward, it nevertheless sparked anger among misogynists in the kingdom.

Some of them didn't only attack the decision online, but harassed women who drove on the country's roads. One of these women is Dr. Samar Khan, a Saudi national who was harassed by a male driver while driving her car on one of the kingdom's highways. At the time, Khan filmed the incident and reported it to police in order to teach her harasser a lesson.