We have all seen the photos of what Melania and Ivanka Trump wore to Saudi Arabia.
They didn’t exactly flaunt around in miniskirts, but they also didn’t wear the traditional head coverings like most world leaders or their spouses/family members are subjected to.
However, if you’re a local and you don’t dress accordingly, get ready to be arrested.
A Twitter video has landed a Saudi Arabia woman in jail.
According to a state-run TV outlet she was arrest by Riyadh police for her “suggestive” dress, which was a crop top and miniskirt.
The detained woman, a rumored model, has only been identified by the name Khulood, and her case has since been handed over “to the general prosecution department” in the country’s capital.
Women in Saudi Arabia are mandated to wear loose, body-covering abayas and a hijab when in public, while some provinces call for black veils which cover all but a woman’s eyes. Females also face strict male guardianship rules, though these have been slightly loosened under King Salman.
Fox News reported Khulood “told authorities that she was in public with her legal guardian—a male relative—and the clip was put online without her knowledge.”
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The video simply shows her walking in the ‘scandalous clothing’ in a village close to Riyadh, which is the capital and financial hub of Saudi Arabia. A place that you would expect to be more modern and western.
The reaction to the arrest was mixed in the Islamic country, some siding with the anti-woman oppressive laws, and others supporting Khulood.
“Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country,” Saudi writer Ibrahim al-Munayif penned.
“If she were Western, they would have praised her waist and her enchanting eyes, but because she’s Saudi they call for her to be tried!” said Saudi women’s rights activist Fatima al-Issa on Twitter.
It is one thing to respect a culture if you’re visiting the country. It is another thing to be completely enslaved by it for your entire life, punished for simply wearing something different.
It is news stories like these that should have all women thankful that a western world exists.
Where you’re not persecuted for the style of clothing — however eccentric — you choose to wear.