A woman referred to by fans as the “Saudi Rosa Parks” has been arrested for her refusal to wear a hijab or abaya in public.
Saudi police arrested Monday a woman who fits the description of Malak al-Shehri, a social media star who posted pictures of herself in Riyadh wearing a black jacket and a dress. Ms. al-Shehri, who has been likened to American civil rights icon Rosa Parks, recently received death threats for defying the nation’s modesty laws. She was charged with “violations of general morals.”
“Riyadh police stress that the action of this woman violates the laws applied in this country,” police spokesman Fawaz al-Maiman told Agence France-Presse Monday without identifying the 21-year-old by name. “[Citizens must] adhere to the teachings of Islam.”
Twitter user Anon #FreeMalak posted a series of angry tweets on Nov. 29 from Ms. al-Shehri’s critics. Some of the men said “We want blood” and “Kill her and throw her body to the dogs.”
Ms. al-Shehri’s account, @AngelQShe, was deactivated Monday morning after she posted one of her pictures from Riyadh, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
“Just imagine one day you slept and then woke up to people calling for your imprisonment only because you changed your clothing. Now you know the extent of the oppression against women in Saudi Arabia,” Twitter user @abuahmedalqarni wrote Nov. 29.
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“It’s literally dangerous to take off [your] abaya in SA. She’s brave. I wish I could do that,” added another, International Business Times reported.