Saudi Arabia released woman in skirt after an international outcry over the arrest

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A woman was arrested by saudi police who appeared in an online video in a miniskirt and crop top walking through a historic site in the ultraconservative kingdom, and surprisingly was released without punishment, according to a statement by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information.

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A young woman named “Model Khulod” depicted in a high-waisted mini skirt walking through a fort in Ushaiger, outside the capital Riyadh, playing with sand in the dunes and turning towards the camera for a close-up, long hair uncovered and these vedios were uploaded to the snapchat account since then and adding to it these videos have since been uploaded to YouTube and tweeted by different users.

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The woman was being then questioned and had confessed to visiting the site with her male guardian, by Saudi media.

Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system mandates accompaniment by or written permission from a male relative – usually a father, husband or brother – for women to study, work or travel.

The woman denied that she had uploaded the clips and that the Snapchat account was hers, the spokesman said.

Whether to prosecute the woman or not would be decide by the public prosecutor’s office.

The local government of Riyadh issued a memo saying authorities were taking the “necessary measures” to find the woman, who it accused of “walking around… in indecent clothing”.

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The Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice – Saudi Arabia’s “morality police” – on Sunday also confirmed it was investigating the case in coordination with “relevant authorities” via Twitter.

Without elaborating further The local Okaz news website report that officials in Ushaiger called on the region’s governor and police to take actions regarding the woman immediately.

It is been followed that 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.

The snapa have sparked in a heated debate but on the other hand, US First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president, did not cover their hair when they visited Saudi Arabia in May. Many have also come to the defence of the girl, pointing out the privileges afforded to Western women by Saudi authorities.

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Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer with more than 41,000 followers on Twitter, wrote on his official account that allowing people to disobey the law leads to chaos. “Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country,” he wrote.

After an international outcry over the arrest, Saudi Arabia said the woman has been released without charge.

In a statement published Wednesday by the Saudi Center for International Communication, Riyadh said police had questioned the woman for several hours but not charged her. The video had been published without her knowledge, the statement said.

The brief clips, originally posted to the social network Snapchat over the weekend by a popular user named Khulood, showed the woman walking through an ancient fort in Ushayqir, a village in Najd province about 95 miles from Riyadh.

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