Saudi Arabia Closes Case Over Miniskirt Video

It's a rare win for women's rights advocates in the country
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 19, 2017 12:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – A woman detained in Saudi Arabia for wearing a miniskirt and crop top in a video that went viral has been released without charge, reports the AP. Police in Saudi Arabia had arrested the young Saudi woman for wearing "immodest clothes" after an outcry from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code. Saudi rules require all women living in the kingdom, including foreigners, to wear long, loose robes known as abayas in public. Most Saudi women also wear a headscarf and veil that covers the face. A statement released Wednesday by the Center for International Communication said the woman was released Tuesday evening after a few hours of questioning.

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The woman told investigators the video was posted on social media without her knowledge, the statement said, adding "the case has been closed by the prosecutor." It was a rare win for supporters of women's rights in Saudi Arabia. Women who have fled allegedly abusive families have landed in prison without charge, as have women who defied a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The decision not to press charges comes as Saudi Arabia overhauls its prosecution system. Last month, King Salman announced that the public prosecution powers would be moved from under the interior minister's purview to that of the royal court, directly under the monarch. A new attorney general was also named in the reshuffling. (Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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