Saudi Woman Faces Violent Punishment for Not Wearing Hijab

Dec 13th, 2016 | By | Category: News Posts
Malak Al Shehri, shared a photo of herself without a hijab or abaya in Saudi Arabia

Malak Al Shehri, shared a photo of herself without a hijab or abaya in Saudi Arabia

A woman in Saudi Arabia has been arrested for going out without her abaya, a traditional body covering for Muslim women, and now faces being lashed.

Malak Al Shehri, shared a photograph of herself without a hijab or abaya on a street in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia enforces a strict dress code for women in public, does not allow women to drive and prohibits the mixing of sexes.

Al-Sarq newspaper reported that the woman was detained after a complaint was filed by the religious police.
Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman, a Riyadh police spokesman said: “Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago.”

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The woman faced intense criticism on social media, with some people calling for her execution. One message reportedly read: “The least punishment for her is beheading her.” Another read: “Kill her and throw her body to the dogs.”

Other tweets said “we want blood” and “we demand utmost punishment, for the state has rules that she did not respect.”

After the picture went viral, there were some people that stood up for the woman. One person tweeted: “I’m amazed by the courage and the resilience of Saudi women.”

All women in Saudi Arabia are legally required to wear an abaya, the full-body covering, and Muslim women are legally required to wear a headscarf or hijab.

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