The edges of freedom got further shortened in Saudi Arabia and this time the whole country is wishing for the execution of a woman just for posting a picture of hers on twitter, without hijab or veil.
A police in Riyadh stated to the media that they had arrested a woman for not only taking off her veil in public but also posting pictures of herself on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Police spokesman Fawaz al-Maiman refused to disclose the name of the woman, but several websites have identified her as Malak al-Shehri, who triggered a huge backlash on social media after posting a picture without her hijab in a main street of the Saudi Arabian capital last month.
Maiman said that the enactment of the basic rules of the society is mandatory and “violations of general morals” in an ultra-conservative kingdom is strictly condemned. He said the women posted a tweet of herself standing next to a popular Riyadh cafe but without wearing the Islamic headscarf that is required in Saudi society.
Though a majority of netizens are admiring the woman for her bravery, few Saudi Arabians are flooding in the comments demanding her immediate execution. A twitter user even tweeted “A Saudi woman went out yesterday without an Abaya or a hijab in Riyadh Saudi Arabia and many Saudis are now demanding her execution.”
Saying about the situation of that woman Maiman said that the woman, who is reported to be in her 20s, was apparently taken to prison; she was also accused of “speaking openly about prohibited relations with (non-related) men”. “Riyadh police stress that the action of this woman violates the laws applied in this country,” said , urging the public to “adhere to the teachings of Islam”.
Saudi Arabia is known for its tremendous oils and drastic regulations, that are apparently world’s tightest restrictions. Women here are expected to cover from head to toe when in public.