RIYADH Saudis nab on­line cross-dresser

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SAUDI po­lice have ar­rested a man on pub­lic or­der charges af­ter he was ac­cused of cross-dress­ing on­line, a re­port in the con­ser­va­tive Is­lamic king­dom said yes­ter­day.

Po­lice in Qas­sim, north­west of the cap­i­tal Riyadh, “ar­rested a fa­mous Snapchat per­son­al­ity who ap­peared in video clips dressed like women”, the Sabq on­line news por­tal re­ported.

The pub­li­ca­tion did not iden­tify the sus­pect but said ci­ti­zens had com­plained about his dress­ing “in­ap­pro­pri­ately”.

In April the govern­ment stripped the king­dom’s fre­quently crit­i­cised religious po­lice of the power of ar­rest but strict moral codes re­main in ef­fect.

Saudi Ara­bia is one of the world’s most con­ser­va­tive coun­tries. Women dress from head to toe in black and are not al­lowed to drive or min­gle with men they are not re­lated to.

But more than half of Saudi ci­ti­zens are un­der the age of 25, an in­ter­net-savvy gen­er­a­tion that spends much of its life on­line, away from of­fi­cial stric­tures. –

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