Miniskirt video woman freed

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Saudi po­lice have re­leased with­out charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a his­toric site in the ul­tra­con­ser­va­tive king­dom, the gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day. The min­istry of in­for­ma­tion said po­lice had re­leased the woman Tues­day night and the prose­cu­tor had closed the case.

Po­lice said Tues­day they were ques­tion­ing the woman af­ter she ap­peared in a se­ries of videos, ini­tially posted to mes­sag­ing app Snapchat, wear­ing a crop top and a high-waisted miniskirt. She had been filmed walk­ing through the his­toric fort of Ushaiqer, north of Riyadh, and play­ing with sand in the dunes. The videos were up­loaded over the week­end to the “Model Khu­lood” Snapchat ac­count.

The min­istry said in a state­ment that the woman had con­fessed to walk­ing through the site in a skirt with her hair un­cov­ered but that the footage had been up­loaded with­out her knowl­edge. Women are re­quired to wear long black abaya robes and cover their hair in pub­lic in most of Saudi Ara­bia, which has some of the world’s harsh­est re­stric­tions on women.

The king­dom does not al­low women to drive and re­quires them to be ac­com­pa­nied or given writ­ten per­mis­sion by a male rel­a­tive - usu­ally a fa­ther, hus­band or brother - to study, work or travel. The videos sparked heated de­bate among so­cial me­dia users in the re­gion and be­yond on ques­tions of gen­der and rights in the king­dom. — AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.