Saudis call for execution of woman without hijab

Published: December 2, 2016
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PHOTO: TWITTER

PHOTO: TWITTER

A woman in Saudi Arabia has sparked outrage after posting a photo of herself on Twitter without an abaya or hijab, and is now facing calls for her execution.

Some social media users reacted with outrage after the photo was posted under the Twitter handle of Malak Al Shehri, which has since been deleted, the International Business Time reported.

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An unnamed student who reposted the image told the website that Ms Al Shehri had announced she was going out to breakfast without either a hijab or abaya. The student said she started receiving death threats after posting proof in response to followers who had asked to see a photo.

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“So many people re-tweeted it and what she did reached extremists, so she got threats,” the student said. “She deleted her tweets but they didn’t stop, so she deleted her account.”

A hashtag which translates into English as “we demand the imprisonment of the rebel Angel Al Shehri” subsequently went viral.

One user wrote “we propose blood”, while another demanded a “harsh punishment for the heinous situation.” A man even called for the state to “kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs.”

Despite the outrage, many more users in Saudi Arabia came out in support of the woman’s actions.

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This article originally appeared on Independent

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Dec 2, 2016 - 1:20PM

    Brave indeed but also stupid . Recommend

  • Karachiwala
    Dec 2, 2016 - 1:39PM

    this is the kind of society some bearded men want to create in Pakistan as well. death to backwardness, long live liberty!Recommend

  • Liberal
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:43PM

    Cultures are not changed overnight.Recommend

  • Hannatu
    Dec 2, 2016 - 2:44PM

    She’s asking for trouble. You need little to find it these days!Recommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 2, 2016 - 4:13PM

    Why are Saudis acting like Trump’s voters ?Recommend

  • Kamal Pasha
    Dec 2, 2016 - 4:17PM

    Does Islam prohibit females to come out without hijab or abaya? Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Dec 2, 2016 - 5:36PM

    Height of stupidnessRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 2, 2016 - 5:36PM

    @Liberal:
    True, esp. Saudi culture. Saudis have spent hundreds of billions of dollars to spread their culture outside their borders. They will never change. Recommend

  • Bhatti
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:30PM

    Their Country Their Rules!Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:51PM

    They will execute her if she is not the member of the Royal family. Recommend

  • hore choopo
    Dec 2, 2016 - 6:57PM

    @kamal pasha
    i am surprised ,you asked this question after 1500 years of advent of islam.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Dec 2, 2016 - 7:51PM

    First get your Nuns remove their headgear and liberate them then talk of other societies. Show us that you have liberated yours then ask for ours.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Dec 2, 2016 - 8:28PM

    The Islamic societies are of tribal mindset barring a few countries like Lebanon and to some extent Turkey. The women need to cover herself where men are pervert and I think in these Islamic countries, men are still pervert.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Dec 2, 2016 - 9:16PM

    @Karachiwala:
    Even many nonbearded men in Pakistan share those sentiments; they run around trying to be chicos yet demand that their wives or women relatives be in full burqa.Recommend

  • asad
    Dec 2, 2016 - 10:03PM

    All those dull who think that women freedom is in making herself show piece for other should think about their own country rape cases and women esteem condition. Is their women are more secure than S. Arabia.Ubaya and vail is the ornament of women. By removing it they lost their respect, standard even in their own eyes.Recommend

  • Brother
    Dec 2, 2016 - 10:54PM

    Saudis and their brand of Islam are the very reason Muslims are viewed as a threat all over the world.Recommend

  • Khil
    Dec 2, 2016 - 11:24PM

    And beard with ankle hanging trousers are the standard for men. Without it they lose their respect. How about [email protected]: Recommend

  • Athiest
    Dec 3, 2016 - 8:18AM

    Rest of the world should boycott Saudi men and stop buying oil from them. Recommend

  • ew
    Dec 3, 2016 - 8:32AM

    @Bunny Rabbit:
    Why stupid? Recommend

  • Fahad Hafeez
    Dec 3, 2016 - 8:40AM

    @asad:
    Whatever, rape is one thing and calling for a deatg sebtence or any other punishment for this is mere stupidity nothing more. Recommend

  • Kashif Raza
    Dec 3, 2016 - 9:54AM

    Everyone should respect the law of the country they live in. Their shouldn’t be any discrimination between the genders.Recommend

  • JS
    Dec 3, 2016 - 10:51AM

    The abaya and the hijab, just like the Thobe/Dishdasha/Kandura for men, is a cultural/geographic requirement specific to the Arabian Peninsula and nearby deserts. Nothing Else. You try and walk around in the desert all day without your body fully covered you will soon find out how quickly the desert will kill you. It has nothing to do with religion…. Recommend

  • Historian
    Dec 3, 2016 - 1:06PM

    The abaya and thobe is new to the region, following the take over of Arabia by Wahhabis. They outlawed the traditional dress of the region for women and men. It is not a matter of tradition. It is anti-tradition. Recommend

  • Farah
    Dec 5, 2016 - 4:51PM

    @asad:
    How about teaching men to respect women regardless their garment rather then commanding women to cover up? As a human, you are supposed to control your urges. Even if the women was naked, you have no right to rape her! Recommend

  • Medina Pasha
    Dec 6, 2016 - 5:03AM

    If all the un-Islamic acts by Saudi men there would not be enough places to carry out executions!Recommend

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