Saudi girl who wore miniskirt in online video arrested - report

Girl provokes outrage in Saudi Arabia by wearing a miniskirt in online video

The video, posted on social media, caused outrage in the country (Credit: Twitter @50BM_)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Saudi police have reportedly arrested the young woman who prompted fury by wearing a miniskirt in a video which appeared on social media.

Haaretz, citing Saudi Arabia's state-run TV channel, claims the woman was arrested for wearing "immodest clothes" and her case has been referred to the country's public prosecutor.

The video shows the girl, whose back is to the camera, walking around a historic monument in Ushaiager in the desert region of Najd, which is north of the kingdom's capital of Riyadh. 

In the strict Muslim country, women are required to wear full-body robes called abayas in public and while their faces don't need to be covered by law, a number of women choose to wear a full-face veil.

Several had called for the young woman's arrest for violating the kingdom's rule of dress, and Saudi news outlets had claimed officials were considering this course of action. 

Others are insisting freedom of clothing choice should not be a crime, sharing pictures of foreign dignitaries Melania and Ivanka Trump on their recent visit to the country. 

Donald Trump's wife and daughter dressed modestly for the visit, but did not wear a veil or an abaya. 

Saudi Arabia is known for high levels of gender inequality, forbidding women from basic activities like driving or swimming in public pools open to men.