I’ve posted a lot about how some Regressive Left venues, most prominently the PuffHo, extol hijabis for their bravery. I think that’s largely bogus, but what is truly brave is a non-hijabi in a country where wearing the hijab is mandatory. The penalty? Prison—or worse.
Today’s Washington Post reports the arrest of a Saudi woman who tweeted a picture of herself without a hijab or an abaya (both garments required for women who go outside). This picture has been known for a while, but apparently Saudi police, always on the moral-sniffing job, finally identified the woman. The Post says this:
The Saudi woman was going out for breakfast when she decided to make a statement. Violating the country’s moral codes, she reportedly stepped out in public wearing a multi-colored dress, black jacket and ankle boots — but without wearing a hijab or abaya, a loosefitting garment.
Late last month, she tweeted a photo of her outfit, and the post circulated through Saudi Arabia, drawing death threats and demands to imprison or even execute the woman.
On Monday, police in the country’s capital of Riyadh said they had arrested the woman, following their duty to monitor “violations of general morals,” a spokesman, Fawaz al-Maiman said, AFP reported. The woman, who is in her 20s, was imprisoned after she had posted the tweet of herself standing next to a popular Riyadh cafe, he said.
He also accused her of “speaking openly about prohibited relations” with unrelated men, according to AFP.
“Riyadh police stress that the action of this woman violates the laws applied in this country,” Maiman said, urging the public to “adhere to the teachings of Islam”. Saudi women are expected to wear headscarves and loosefitting garments such as an abaya when in public.
The spokesman did not name the woman, but a number of websites identified her as Malak al-Shehri, whose tweet drew international support on Twitter and Facebook two weeks ago. Some referred to her as the “Saudi Rosa Parks,” comparing her to the American civil rights activist who was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
The article goes on to show tweets (in Arabic) calling for her death, but also supportive tweets from women, like this one:
If places like PuffHo really cared about women’s rights, they’d shine at least as much light on cases like this as they do on the hijabi in America who is a beauty blogger or who enters the Miss Minnesota contest. Why are we allies with such an odious, misogynistic country? You know the answer.
h/t: Russell J