A young Saudi woman sparked outrage on social media in Saudi Arabia after posting a picture of herself without the required full body cloak and hijab.
Malak Al Shehri walked the streets of the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, an extremely traditional city without the typical covering required of Saudi woman, an abaya – a traditional full-body covering.
In the picture Shehri can be seen wearing a colorful calf length dressed and heavy black coat. She also dons oversized sunglasses and revealed her long black hair.
This decision captured outrage and backlash almost immediately by some on social media calling for Shehri to be “thrown to the dogs” or even “beheaded”. Many Saudis considered the revealing act, disrespect towards the nation as in Saudi Arabia all woman are legally required to wear an abaya in public.
While some were outraged, Malak also captured support from many on the web for her rebellious act. She has been called “brave” for not only her choice to been seen in public without the hijab, but also for allowing her photo to be taken and posted on social media.
Some are taking this opportunity to view this as a women rights movement and hash tagging their posts #shout_for_freedom.
Due to the dramatic reactions to the photo that has said to have reached many extremists, Malak was forced to delete her twitter account.
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