A woman who received death threats after going out without her abaya in Saudi Arabia has been arrested and now faces being lashed.
The woman, who has been identified as Malak Al Shehri, shared a photograph of herself without a hijab or abaya – a traditional body covering – on a street in the capital city of Riyadh. The ultra-conservative Muslim country enforces a strict dress code for women in public, banned them from driving and prohibits the mixing of sexes.
The Arabic-language al-Sharq newspaper said the woman was detained after a complaint was filed by the religious police.
‘Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago,’ Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman, a Riyadh police spokesman, was quoted as saying.
A Twitter user said that many Saudis are now ‘demanding her execution.’