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'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

12.9.2019

'Rebel' Saudi women shun obligatory abaya robe

But despite his sweeping liberalisation drive, the practice continued as no formal edict followed.

Mashael al-Jaloud has taken the cultural rebellion a step further - she stopped wearing the robe.

"Are you famous?" asked a woman who sidled up to her.

Manahel al-Otaibi, a 25-year-old activist, has also foregone the garment.

The abaya, which has existed for thousands of years but only became obligatory in recent decades, is also mandatory for non-Muslim women in the kingdom.

In July, she posted a video on Twitter revealing that another Riyadh mall had stopped her from entering without an abaya.

A Saudi royal also condemned her on Twitter, calling her a publicity seeker and demanding that she be punished for the "provocative" act.

Jaloud remains defiant, but she is still forced to wear an abaya and headscarf to work, or risk losing her job.

As part of the liberalisation, the kingdom has invited a host of international musicians to perform, such as rapper Nicki Minaj, well known for her skin-baring music videos.

Minaj eventually cancelled her visit, citing the kingdom's poor human rights record.

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