Saudi girl's online post in mini skirt draws conservative ire

Women in Saudi Arabia must wear long, loose robes in public.

17 July 2017 | 15:46

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 17 July 2017 | 15:46

A woman using an iPhone visits the 27th Janadriya festival on the outskirts of Riyadh February 13, 2012. The two-week-long festival showcases Saudi Arabian culture and traditions. REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: A young Saudi woman has sparked a sensation online by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around in public, with some Saudis calling for her arrest and others rushing to her defense.

State-linked news websites reported on Monday that officials in the deeply conservative Muslim country are looking into taking possible action against the woman.

Women in Saudi Arabia must wear long, loose robes in public. Most cover their hair and face with a black veil, though exceptions are made for visiting dignitaries.

The video, first shared on Snapchat, shows her walking around an empty historic fort in Ushaiager, a village north of the capital, Riyadh, in the desert region of Najd, where many of Saudi Arabia's most conservative tribes and families are from.

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