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.
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.
A Saudi woman went out yesterday without an Abaya or a hijab in Riyadh Saudi Arabia and many Saudis are now demanding her execution. pic.twitter.com/gPMOz5bRAr
— Anon (@dontcarebut) November 29, 2016
“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.
— فرح العقاد • (@FarahAqqad) November 29, 2016
They're literally saying that "Covering her body is more important than her life". Coz duh this's ksa women's hell. https://t.co/klb90rk9qM
— fa. (@__revolted) November 29, 2016
A brave Saudi lady decided not to wear her Abaya or Hijab out & about. Many praised her, others (males) said she should be killed for it… https://t.co/Swq30GKCcS
— Mikey Kay (@MikeyKayNYC) November 29, 2016
This article originally appeared on Independent