Saudi police release Snapchat ‘model in skirt’ without charge

By: | Published: July 20, 2017 12:29 AM

Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the government said today.

Saudi Arabia, Saudi Woman, Saudi video, ultra-conservative kingdom, high-waisted mini skirt, messaging app Snapchat, Model Khulood, Snapchat account, Saudi policeThe ministry of information said police had released the woman last night and the prosecutor had closed the case. (Reuters)

Saudi police have released without charge a woman who was filmed in a miniskirt at a historic site in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the government said today. The ministry of information said police had released the woman last night and the prosecutor had closed the case. Police said yesterday they were questioning the woman after she appeared in a series of videos, initially posted to messaging app Snapchat, wearing a crop top and a high-waisted mini skirt. She had been filmed walking through the historic fort of Ushaiqer, north of Riyadh, and playing with sand in the dunes. The videos were uploaded over the weekend to the “Model Khulood” Snapchat account.

The ministry said in a statement that the woman had confessed to walking through the site in a skirt with her hair uncovered but that the footage had been uploaded without her knowledge. Women are required to wear long black abaya robes and cover their hair in public in most of Saudi Arabia, which has some of the world’s harshest restrictions on women.

The kingdom does not allow women to drive and requires them to be accompanied or given written permission by a male relative – usually, a father, husband or brother – to study, work or travel. The videos sparked heated debate among social media users in the region and beyond on questions of gender and rights in the kingdom.

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