Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Saudi Woman Nabbed for Failing to Wear Hijab; Posted Photo on Twitter, Some Call for Her Death

A Saudi activist -- who posted a picture of herself outside without a hijab -- has been arrested, the Clarion Project website reports today (December 14, 2016).

Malak al-Shehri, 21, posted a picture of herself on Twitter this week without her government-mandated abaya (long cloak), instead wearing a jacket and a mid-calf length dress. The picture was taken in downtown Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Conservative twitter users demanded her arrest and punishment, with some going so far as to call for her death.

Saudi Arabia -- the most religious of all Islamic countries -- enforces strict modesty dress codes on women and a host of other restrictions routinely decried by activists as discrimination against women. In fact, Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world in which women are not allowed to drive motor vehicles.

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