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Saudi Arabia investigates 'immodestly dressed' female reporter covering women driving

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 27 June 2018, 16:15 IST

The ultra-conservative kingdom Saudi Arabia's media regulator has asked for an investigation against a Tv anchor named anchor Shireen al-Rifaie for 'immodesty' while reporting lifting of the ban on women drivers. The announcement came by the General Commission for Audiovisual Media on Tuesday.

The statement said, "Immodestly dressed in violation of regulations" without naming the anchor. In a video published by a UAE-based outlet, the anchor is seen wearing a loose-fitting white abaya and headscarf which is a normal attire to wear but exposing her shirt and trousers under the long robe is considered immodest in Saudi.

This video has sparked controversy in the kingdom, where wearing abaya is mandatory in Saudi law.  Last Sunday Saudi women took the wheel for the first time in history as Prince Salman overturned the ban on female drivers.

This move was a part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's modernisation plan. However, jailing of female activists has tarnished the move.

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First published: 27 June 2018, 16:16 IST
 
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