Saudi Activist Arrested For Going Without Hijab

A Saudi activist who posted a picture of herself outside without a hijab has been arrested. Malak al-Shehri, 21, posted a picture of herself on Twitter without her government-mandated abaya (long cloak), instead wearing a jacket and a mid-calf length dress. The picture was taken in downtown Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Someone filed a complaint with the police and she was arrested on Monday.

Police officers have detained a girl who had removed her abaya on al-Tahliya street, implementing a challenge she announced on social media several days ago,” police spokesman Colonel Fawaz al-Maiman told local newspaper Al-Sharq.

Conservative twitter users demanded her arrest and punishment with some going so far as to call for her death.

Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs,” Twitter user @ab_alshdadi wrote. “We want blood,” another user, @ilQil posted.

Other Twitter users praised her courage in the face of repression and death threats.

Saudi Arabia enforces strict modesty dress codes on women and a host of other restrictions routinely decried by activists as gender apartheid.

Saudi Arabia’s restrictive policies towards women are so widely known that they were lampooned in a musical number by the popular TV show American Dad: