Abaya not mandatory in Saudi Arabia announces Crown Prince

  • Abaya not mandatory in Saudi Arabia announces Crown Prince
20-03-2018 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud has announced that it is not mandatory for women to dress in the black Abaya which is usually seen as their expected attire throughout the kingdom.

Mohammed bin Salman ahead of his US visit, in an interview clearly stated that Sharia law did not dictate that women wear the traditional garment but they could choose their clothing, as long as it is respectful. 

He said Sharia law stipulates that women wear decent and respectful clothing just like men. This Statement of the reformist Crown Prince marks yet another progressive step towards women's right. 

In the conservative Saudi Kingdom, women are expected to traditionally cover in the black traditional attire. However, it is unclear if these statements are a gesture towards a change in the enforcement of women’s dress code in the Saudi Kingdom. 

The Crown Prince, who is also serving as the First Deputy Prime Minister, President of the Council for Economic and Development Affairs and Minister of Defense and being the world's youngest office holder at the time, directed the kingdom to move ahead with plans for letting women to join workforce by opening up previously barred jobs such as soldiers, immigration staff and criminal investigators.

A royal decree issued last year gave rights to women to drive, which is set to come into force this summer. The women are now allowed to attend mixed sporting events as well.

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