Footage of a young woman in a miniskirt and crop top, wandering in a village in a conservative area of Saudi Arabia, has sparked heated debate on social media. Some are calling for the girl to be punished, while others are demanding new rules for women’s dress.
The video, initially posted on Snapchat, shows a girl walking around a deserted historic fort in the village of Ushaiger, 200km northwest of the capital, Riyadh, Saudi media reported on Monday.
The village is located in the region of Najd, which is known for having a conservative population.
Saudi officials immediately called for measures against the girl, saying that she violated the dress code of the conservative country, Okaz newspaper reported.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) is looking into the issue.
Social media has been set abuzz by the video, with some calling for new rules for women’s dress code.
Others, however, did not appear ready for such changes to Saudi society.
“Just like we call on people to respect the laws of countries they travel to, people must also respect the laws of this country,”said Ibrahim al-Munayif, a Saudi writer, as cited by AP.
Other people ‘covered’ the girl’s bare legs via Photoshop.
One person superimposed the face of Ivanka Trump on the girl.
The Saudi dress code for women is controlled by Sharia law. Women have to wear long and loose-fitting cloaks (abayas) that cover all the body. The majority wear abaya with a veil that covers the head and hair. Some women wear full-face burkas.