Saudi Arabian officials hunting woman who allegedly broke strict dress code laws

Saudi Arabian officials hunting woman who allegedly broke strict dress code laws

Saudi Arabian officials hunting woman who allegedly broke strict dress code laws

A young Saudi woman sparked a sensation online over the weekend by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around in public, with some Saudis calling for her arrest and others rushing to her defense.

The video, posted on Snapchat, shows the young woman walking around an empty historic fort in Ushaiager, a village just north of Riyadh, where numerous country's most conservative families live.

Social media users were divided by the video, however one user argued modest clothing "is part of the kingdom's laws" and must be respected. State-linked news websites reported on Monday that officials in the deeply conservative Muslim country are looking into taking possible action against the woman, who violated the kingdom's rules of dress. They reasoned that if Melania and Ivanka Trump, respectively the wife and daughter of US President Donald Trump, did not wear the traditional abayas or headscarves during their visit in the country in May, then the woman should also not be forced to wear one.

Saudi's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has since confirmed it is aware of the video clip circulating, and is liaising with the relevant authorities.

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They are also banned from driving and are separated from unrelated men. Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer with more than 41,000 followers on Twitter, wrote on his official account that allowing people to disobey the law leads to chaos.

However, others are coming to her defence, saying that had she been foreign the outrage would not be almost as severe, and criticising what they deemed to be inherent sexism in Saudi Arabia.

It's a video that in nearly any other country wouldn't raise an eyebrow - but in Saudi Arabia, it's sparked an investigation by the authorities. "I am wondering how Vision 2030 can succeed if she is arrested", he opined whilst referring to the reform programme that was unveiled last year by Saudi Arabia's newly-appointed 31-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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