A Saudi woman who ventured out in Riyadh with her head uncovered sparked a flurry of death threats this week when she tweeted a picture of her defiant act.
According to this report, death threats were made against Malak Al Shehri, above, by outraged Muslims after her photo went viral.
“Kill her and throw her corpse to the dogs,” @ab_alshdadi wrote, while @ilQil tweeted “we want blood.” Many others insulted Shehri’s morals.
A 21-year-old student from the city of Dammam who called herself Sara Ahmed for fear that her real name could put her in danger shared Shehri’s tweet. Ahmed explained that Shehri tweeted to her followers from her account @AngelQShe, which has since been deleted, saying she was going out to breakfast without wearing a hijab or abaya.
Her followers asked her to post a picture. The photo began circulating throughout social media in Saudi Arabia, and Shehri immediately began receiving hateful messages.
So many people retweeted it and what she did reached extremists, so she got threats. She deleted her tweets but they didn’t stop, so she deleted her account.
Just imagine one day you slept and then woke up to people calling for your imprisonment only because you changed your clothing. Now you know the extent of the oppression against women in Saudi Arabia.
The people have reached such a dangerous stage of extremism that they demand the imprisonment of a girl because she changed the way she dressed, if she was a foreigner it’d be fine.
Ahmed, who identifies as atheist, said this sort of behavior excluded women from even the simplest of freedoms.
I’m an atheist and I still wear the hijab in most places because that’s how society here is. I’s inexcusable to remove it, in fact, many of my atheist friends have to cover their faces because their families are more conservative than mine, and it’s not just atheists, many Muslim women want to remove them.