Religious laws and human rights have clashed in a massive internet firestorm after a woman visited a Saudi Village in a Miniskirt and crop top. The woman uploaded a Snapchat video of her walking around a historic fort north of the Capital, Riyadh.
The video took criticism immediately, and after about 24 hours, the Saudi Arabian Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said they were investigating her. The commission is essentially the morality police and are much tougher than your school’s dress code.
“Spokesman of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice in Riyadh: The Presidency has identified a video of a girl in a different kind of dress, and is coordinating with the authorities to investigate it.”
The commission has indeed followed through and according to the Saudi state TV, the woman was arrested. The Saudi state TV reported that, “Riyadh police arrests a woman dressed in indecent clothing in the village of Ushayqir, and has sent her to the public prosecutor.”
According to the arrest warrant, the woman was “disrespecting and violating the teachings of Islam.” See the full arrest warrant and translation below:
Several Islamic followers are calling for her punishment such as this one below:
“We demand that Khoulud be tried because she acted irresponsibly. Whether you like it or not, you have to respect the law. If everyone rebelled against the law because they did not like it, it would be a mess.”
Some people took stabs at the “liberals” stating the following:
“These are the demands of the liberal community.
– A naked woman
– Co – ed movie theaters
– Songs and dance
This is how they understand development! No health or education!”
There are a few encouraging posts who suggest the woman is “brave” and are encouraging her to continue pushing for freedom. They use Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump as reasons why the Saudi government is being hypocritical:
“The Saudi community displays contradictions. It does not mind that Trump’s daughter walks in similar dress for hours. But they insult a Saudi girl and demand that she be tried.”
“I don’t see any difference between those two photos: 1- When Trump’s daughter is on TV screens, we support women rights. 2- But nobody cares about the Saudi woman because she is not on TV, and they are calling for her arrest.”
Saudi Arabia has long required women to wear long robes called abayas and wear face veils. There doesn’t seem to be much rights for women under the Islamic law, but that may be changing as our First Lady and “First Daughter” continue to make women’s rights statements when they travel.