01 December 2016

Saudi social media users defend woman who faced death threats after being pictured not wearing a hijab or abaya

Social media users in Saudi Arabia rushed to the defence of a woman who faced death threats for being pictured in public wihout an abaya or hijab.

Some Twitter users reacted with outrage after the emergence of the image allegedly taken in capital city Riyadh, with one person demanding: “Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs”.

The photo was reportedly 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 Independent] Read more