A woman was reportedly arrested after posting a video of herself on Snapchat.
Normally, a video of a woman walking in a miniskirt and crop top in the blazing heat would barely get any attention. But this video was filmed at a historic site in Saudi Arabia, where women are expected to dress modestly, with no bare midriffs or knees and uncovered heads.
After the post went viral, the Washington Post reported that Riyadh police arrested the woman for wearing “suggestive clothing,” according to Saudi state TV station Al Ekhbariya.
The video was posted Sunday on popular Snapchat user Khulood’s account. It showed the woman walking through a desolate ancient village in Ushaiqer, about 100 miles from Riyadh, the nation’s capital. The geofilter for the village was used on the Snapchat post.
Her arrest came Tuesday after the video went viral. As the video spread, calls for her arrest started popping up because she was violating the Muslim nation’s decency laws for women.
The country’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said it had issued warrants for the woman’s and cameraperson’s arrest.
A local news report over the weekend completely blurred out the woman in the video.
This isn’t the first time Saudi officials have gotten upset over fashion choices. Last year in Mecca, police arrested a group of men for wearing ripped jeans, Crocs, and other so-called inappropriate attire during the religious holiday, Ramadan.
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