A young Saudi lady, identified online only as “Khulood,” sparked a sensation online over the weekend by posting a video of herself in a miniskirt and crop top walking around a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia causing some Saudis to call for her arrest as others rush to her defense.
As of Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s religious police were reportedly searching for the young woman.
A series of videos, initially posted over the weekend to the Snapchat account of “Model Khulood”, show a young woman in a high-waisted miniskirt walking through a fort in Ushaiqer, outside the capital Riyadh, playing with sand in the dunes and turning towards the camera for a close-up, her long hair uncovered.
The deeply conservative Muslim country are looking into taking possible action against the woman, who violated the kingdom’s rules of dress. Women in Saudi Arabia must wear long, loose robes known as abayas in public. Most also cover their hair and face with a black veil, though exceptions are made for visiting dignitaries.
Saudi media, including the main dailies Sabq and Okaz, on Tuesday quoted a spokesman for police in Riyadh as saying the woman was being questioned and had confessed to visiting the site with her male guardian.
However, the woman denied that she had uploaded the clips and that the Snapchat account was hers, the spokesman said.
The case has now been referred to the public prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether to prosecute the woman.
The local government of Riyadh had issued a memo saying authorities were searching for the woman who had been “walking around… in indecent clothing”.
This has sparked all sorts of debate in the online space as some have come to the defense of the young woman while other believe that the country’s laws should have been obeyed.