A video of a young woman in Saudi Arabia wearing a miniskirt and crop-top has gone viral.
The video in question was initially shared on Snapchat. It then went viral on Twitter.
Saudi police questioned the young woman in the video. Her dress conflicted with the strict dress code the Islamic country imposes.
The Saudi government requires women to wear a robe known as ‘abayas’ in public. These are loose fitting outfits, which are accompanied by a veil to cover the woman’s hair.
Dress codes are enforced by the Mutaween, a religious police force, who patrol the streets enforcing the kingdoms strict moral codes.
Police interrogated the woman known as Khulood. They questioned her regarding her breaking of the strict dress code.
The video was filmed in Heritage Village of Ushayqir, 100 miles north of the capital Riyadh. Police arrested Khulood. However, the Saudi ministry released a statement saying they would not prosecute. This is because she was filmed without her knowledge.
Some Saudis took to Twitter to condemn her for her dress style, using the hashtag ‘demand_the_trial_of_model_Khulood’ to call for a prosecution.
International observers have commended the woman for her bravery, and have noted how far Saudi society must go before there is equality for women.
Women in Saudi Arabia
The oil-rich state remains one of the most oppressive places in the world to be a woman. In Saudi Arabia, women are banned from driving cars, and not allowed to associate with men who are not relatives. Women must receive permission from a male to carry out normal tasks such as attend a doctor.
Some wait in hope that promised reforms by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will bring much-needed changes to the lives of women in the country.
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