Officials in Saudi Arabia are out for blood, following the release of a video that they feel is an affront to their culture and the Prophet Mohammad. The video which just surfaced features a young woman in, of all things, a miniskirt and crop top, wandering in a village in conservative rural Saudi Arabia. And it has the people and the government up in arms.
According to a government spokesperson, the video has sparked heated debate on the international social media venue. Some are calling for the model to be punished, while others are demanding new rules for women’s dress. The short video was initially posted on Snapchat and shows a young woman posing at a deserted historic fort in the village of Ushaiger, which is located about 200km northwest of the capital, Riyadh, according to an account reported in Saudi media.
The village is located in the region of Najd, which is known for its traditional lifestyle. Okaz newspaper reported that Saudi officials immediately called for measures against the woman, saying that she violated the Muslim country’s dress code and should be punished. The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) is looking into the issue.
Meanwhile, calls have gone out on Social Media for a more relaxed dress code for women. One commented:
Showing skin isn’t wrong. Sexuality isn’t wrong. Free expression isn’t wrong. It’s the 21st century you idiots.
While yet another posted:
She might’ve broke the law but demanding trial for merely showing her legs is absurd. The law is wrong.
But the fact is, the dress code for women in Saudi Arabia, like most Muslim countries, is controlled by Sharia law. Women have to wear long and loose-fitting cloaks (abayas) that cover all the body. The majority wear abaya with a veil that covers the head and hair. Some women wear full-face niqabs.
That fact, brought about this comment from yet another internet warrior:
Saudies insane double standards: men can do whatever the want. But women are not allowed to show their legs.their legs.
But others are not so quick to accept the idea of such drastic changes to Saudi society. Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer told AP: “Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country.”
Other, less liberal members of Saudi society responded to the pictures of the the bare-legged young woman by covering her legs using Photoshop. Another contented themselves by Posting:
Don’t make stupid people famous.
One person even superimposed the face of Ivanka Trump on the model. The President’s daughter, along with Mrs. Trump, did not wear traditional attire during their recent visit to the country. They escaped punishment and social media users drew attention to what they saw as double standards, with stricter criteria applied to Saudi women.