Saudi Religious Police Get Tough on Fashion

[Financial Times-UK] Abeer Allam - Saudi Arabia's religious police have ordered shopkeepers in Riyadh to get rid of all adorned abayas, the black robes worn by women in the kingdom. Salesmen were turning away frustrated shoppers who wanted abayas with a hint of color or decoration, telling them that shopowners could face fines or prison. "I do not understand why they force us to wear black in such a hot country while men can wear white," says Buthaina Nassr, a women's rights activist.

2008-10-03 01:00:00

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