“Most of the grievances have focused on (Saudi)women — (Saudi)women who are not fully covered, women who are not with their own guardians … that’s why we call it moral police.”-Fawaz A. Gerges.
Riyadh police arrested a woman for disobeying the law proved by a viral video on social media-Saudi state TV channel Ekhbariya reported on Tuesday.
” She admitted to visiting the site in question with a male guardian, and that the viral videos were published by an account attributed to her without her knowledge.”-her statement during detention.
Source: Saudi Police Statement
Contrast of Interests
The two contrasting sides of the same video; Ushayqir is the holy place in Saudi Arabia, & Khulood (nicknamed by social media) is the woman wearing a mini skirt and a crop top. She posted the video on snap chat but it spread through the web via twitter.
Some concerned citizens with a hashtag “demand_the_trial_of_Model_Khulood”.
Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer with more than 41,000 followers on Twitter, wrote-“Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country,”.
On the contrary, few raged against the state law like social activist Fatima Al – Issa tweeted- “If she was a foreigner, they would have spiced the beauty of her waist and fascinated her eyes. # ”
— فاطمة العيسى (@50BM_) July 16, 2017
Saudi Arabia’s Center for International Communications released a statement saying the woman had been allowed to go after just a few hours of questioning without any charges and the case was closed.
Saudi Women must carry an Abaya as part of their clothing quoted as state or sharia law. Abaya is the general & mandatory clothing in Saudi. It’s a simple loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress.
“O Prophet, tell your wives and daughters, and the believing women, to cover themselves with a loose garment. They will thus be recognized and no harm will come to them. –Qur’an 33:59(Translated by Ahmed Ali).”
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is an Islamic theocratic country. Sunni Islam is the official state religion based on firm Sharia law. Non-Muslims are not allowed to hold Saudi citizenship. Saudi is most conservative about women ranking 141 in 144 countries.
Women are separated from unrelated men. Women are not allowed to drive. They must be accompanied by a male guardian – usually a father, husband or brother or carry a written permission in order to travel, work or access healthcare.
Crown Prince & next heir to the throne 31-year-old Mohammad bin Salman announced Saudi vision 2030.This vision also concerns entertainment for the youth.
- Musical concerts once banned tend to resume alongside events like Comic-Con.
- Increase in women’s participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%.
- Allowing, for the first time, for girls to play sports in public schools and have access to physical education classes.
The Crown Prince stated that he has no obligation against female driving but he is concerned about the acceptance of states people.