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Saudi Woman Arrested For Wearing Mini Skirt (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

A woman in Saudi Arabia was reportedly arrested after she was seen wearing a mini skirt in a video (below).

The woman, who has been identified only as Khulood, was filmed on Snapchat wearing a crop top and mini skirt in the deserted heritage village of Ushaqir, north of Riyadh, reports The Guardian.

A statement from the general directorate of public security said that police had questioned the woman, and there was an investigation ongoing. The statement, which was marked as urgent, added that the videos were being monitored because of laws pertaining to "information crimes."

The country's state-run TV reported that Khulood had been arrested for wearing "immodest clothes," and that her case had been referred by police to Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor, according to the New York Post.

The woman was reported to have told police that she did not post the videos herself, and that she had been accompanied by a male relative while she was visiting.

The videos prompted criticism online from those who felt that Khulood was disrespecting Saudi culture. A Twitter hashtag began trending, calling for "the trial of model 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," wrote Saudi writer Ibrahim al-Munayif.

Others have argued that Saudi Arabia needs to accept foreigners who won't follow its strict dress code if the country wants to attract tourists.

"Let's suppose this is an Italian tourist who wanted to know about our great past as part of our 2030 vision of not relying only on oil," wrote academic Amal al-Hazzani. "Get used to that."

The country's laws regarding women's clothing have come under scrutiny, as well, with some users online pointing out that U.S. first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, did not wear headscarves during their visit to Saudi Arabia in May.

One user even posted an edited image of Khulood with Ivanka's face, adding the caption, "Enough already, the situation has already been solved," CBS reports.

"The dress code and strict segregation in Saudi Arabia affects women across the kingdom, including in their right to work," said women's rights researcher for Human Rights Watch Rotana Begum. According to Begum, women who do not follow office dress codes -- including a mandatory hijab -- can face fines of more than $250.

"Such restrictions come on top of the notorious male guardianship system," adds Begum, "in which, from birth until death, a woman must have a male guardian -- a father, husband, brother or even a son -- who has the power to make a range of critical decisions on her behalf."

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