Women in Saudi Arabia following the Islamic country's strict, conservative dress code. PHOTO CREDITS: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images
Yesterday, a young woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for wearing a mini-skirt. This goes against Sharia law, which Saudi Arabia follows strictly as a conservative, Islamic country. Their dress code requires women to wear loose robes and cover their faces and hair in public. The young woman was wearing a mini-skirt and crop top, walking through a historic village. She posted this video on Snapchat and it quickly went viral:
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The internet exploded with conservative Muslims in outrage demanding punishment, and progressive feminists demanding release. The punishment for crimes in Saudi Arabia is often quite severe. For example, if you’re caught committing adultery you may be sentenced to death by stoning and if you’re caught stealing it’s not uncommon to have your hands chopped off as punishment.
Gender inequality is so blatant in Saudi Arabia as it’s one of the most restrictive places to be a woman. On top of the strict dress code, women are not allowed to drive, to enter cemeteries, or do pretty much anything without a man’s permission or supervision. Saudi Arabian women were only recently allowed to vote for the first time in December 2015.
You may think your school’s dress code is pretty strict, but imagine if you were living in Saudi Arabia. If you were a girl, you wouldn’t be able to even show your face, let alone wear knee-length shorts. And don't forget, Saudi Arabia is a hot, desert country. Oh, the humanity!