Defiant Saudi women ditch traditional abaya robe for western clothes

Defiant Saudi women stun shoppers by ditching traditional abaya robe for western clothes

14.9.2019

Defiant Saudi women stun shoppers by ditching traditional abaya robe for western clothes

SHOPPERS in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia are stunned by rebellious women swapping full-length robes for Western-style clothes. Despite being out in public, some are daringly ditching their tradi…

Despite being out in public, some are daringly ditching their traditional abaya robes, which encompass their bodies from head-to-toe.

Given the rare spectacle, some even asked her if she was a model.

Jaloud said: "There are no clear laws, no protection. I might be at risk, might be subjected to assault from religious fanatics because I am without an abaya."

But in March last year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de factor ruler, said that women didn’t need to wear abayas, as he said they weren’t mandatory in Islam.

“However, a gradual change in dress styles may help to win sustained support for the move and may prevent a backlash, reports

The website points out that while the crown prince has granted new “freedoms”, these boundaries haven’t been tested, and those challenging them are not being widely embraced among the conservative population.

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“I just want to live the way I want, freely and without restrictions. No one should force me to wear something I don’t want.”

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