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Saudi Religious Police Search for Woman Who Wore Miniskirt in Online Video

The video, and the debate on social media that followed, exposed a rift below the country’s tightly policed surface.

Some people on Twitter called the woman brave and accused Saudi Arabia of hypocrisy for often celebrating the beauty of foreign women while denigrating that of its own citizens.

One, Fatima al-Issa, wrote as she shared the clip: “If she were a foreigner, they would sing about the beauty of her waist and the enchantment of her eyes. But because she is Saudi they are calling for her arrest.”

Some supporters of the woman in the video posted images of Ivanka and Melania Trump, who during President Trump’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in May wore dresses that exposed their legs and did not cover their heads.

One Twitter post that was widely shared included an image of Ivanka Trump’s face digitally placed on the body of the woman in the video, with the words, “Enough already, the situation has been solved.”

Other Saudis, many of whom posted to Twitter using the hashtag #WeDemandATrialForTheModelKhulood, condemned the woman not just for flaunting her figure but also for flouting the kingdom’s well-known rules.

“She shouldn’t be out in a conservative country looking like this, she should respect the laws, or her destiny will be known,” wrote one person who shared the video despite those comments.

The Saudi news site Okaz reported that the authorities in Ushaiager had requested that the provincial governor and the police prosecute the woman. The news media, unlike most of the country’s Twitter users, blurred the image of the woman’s body to avoid violating the law.

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The Saudi news site Ozak published an image of the woman in which her body was blurred. Credit Ozak Online

Source: NYT > World

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