Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a woman, whose skirt wearing video while defying the kingdom’s strict dress code had gone viral.
The woman, according to a report by news agency Associated Press, was seen walking around in a miniskirt and crop top in a video that sparked public outrage.
The cops have detained the woman, whose name has not been divulged, in the capital, Riyadh, for wearing “immodest clothes” that contradicted the country’s conservative Islamic dress code.
The short video was shot in a village in the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia’s most conservative tribes and families hail from. This video was later followed by other shots of her sitting in the desert.
The video sparked a Twitter hashtag that called for her arrest, with many saying she flagrantly disobeyed Saudi rules, which require all women living in the kingdom, including foreigners, to wear long, loose robes known as abayas in public. Most Saudi women also wear a headscarf and veil that covers the face.
هذي أسمها مودل خلود بالقرية التراثية في مدينة أشيقر بالسعودية ، بعض الناس تشوفه (حياة طبيعية) والبعض الآخر يشوفه (عهر، وفجور) …!! pic.twitter.com/ObqEo8dKGN
— خالد عبدالعزيز?? (@KHALED_Z_KSA_24) July 16, 2017
After the video surfaced there many many who came to the woman’s support.
Saudi writer Waheed al-Ghamdi wrote on Twitter, “I am simply questioning the lack of priorities regarding anger and alarm expressed over human rights violations and oppression versus the harmless personal choices of others.”
Other reminded how during the recent visit by Donald Trump to the kingdom, the US President’s wife and daughters had not covered their heads or worn abaya.