Saturday, 24 August 2019 02:36 GMT

Saudi Arabia criminalizes wearing underwear in public

(MENAFN) New anti-social "offences" fines were imposed by Saudi Arabia's Shura Council; people could now be fined up to USD800 for "displaying underwear or stripping naked" in public.

There are many things a person can do in Saudi could lead him to jail time of up to five months, such as smelling foul in mosques, as well as more serious infractions, such as "racist acts."

While the authorities designed the new offences to "limit abuses of personal freedom", many citizens have protested the odd move, saying that it was a racist move that targeted foreign laborers who go to pray after toiling for long hours in the harsh Saudi sun.

"Nudity" in public places, taking selfies in the holy sites, playing music near mosques and taking pictures of vehicle collision without permits are all also set to be outlawed.

It's worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia is an ultra-conservative absolute monarchy, where a strict version of Islamic law is implemented, with severe implications for human rights; in 2013 Saudi blogger Raif Baddawi was sentenced to seven years in prison and dozens of "lashings" for writings considered indecent and blasphemous.


Saudi Arabia criminalizes wearing underwear in public


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