Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Model arrested by Saudi Arabian religious police after being filmed wearing miniskirt and crop-top in public

 Police in Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman who posted video of herself in a mini-skirt and crop-top.
The woman, reportedly a model called Khulood, enraged the country's religious police after posting the clip on Snapchat of her walking around a historic fort in Ushayqir in the ultra-conservative province of Najd.
Saudi Arabia's state-run TV reported that police in the capital, Riyadh, arrested the woman for wearing "immodest clothes" and referred her case to the country's public prosecutor.
The footage sparked a heated debate on social media , with some calling for her arrest and others praising her "bravery".
In Saudi Arabia women are required to wear loose fitting, full-length robes known as "abayas" in public, as well as a headscarf.
n the video, posted over the weekend, Khulood is seen walking along an empty street in Ushayqir Heritage Village, about 96 miles north of the capital Riyadh.
As a furious debate broke out online, Journalist Khaled Zidan wrote: "The return of the Haia (religious police) here is a must."
While writer and philosopher, Wael al-Gassim, said he was "shocked to see those angry, scary tweets."
He added: "I thought she had bombed or killed somebody.
"The story turned out to be about her skirt, which they did not like."
Others noted that when US president Donald Trump's wife Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, visited the country in May they did not wear abayas or headscarves.
Fatima al-Issa wrote: "If she was a foreigner, they would sing about the beauty of her waist and the enchantment of her eyes... But because she is Saudi they are calling for her arrest."
The religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said on Twitter that it had been made aware of the video and was in contact with the relevant authorities.

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