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Saudi woman pictured not wearing hijab faces calls for her execution

The Independent logo The Independent 3/12/2016 Tom Embury-Dennis
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A woman in Saudi Arabia pictured without a hijab is facing calls for her to be killed. Some social media users reacted with outrage after the emergence of the image taken in capital city Riyadh, with one man demanding:

“Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs”.  The photo was allegedly first posted by an account under the name of Malak Al Shehri, which has since been deleted, reports the International Business Times.

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; a traditional Saudi body covering. 

The student said she started receiving death threats after posting proof in response to followers who had asked to see a photo.

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

The controversy comes amid an escalating row over ending a ban on women driving in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is the only country on the planet that still bans female drivers, but a member of the royal family has proposed changing the decades-old rule.



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