RIYADH Saudis nab online cross-dresser
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. –