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Saudi Woman Who Read News Without Headscarf Sparks Outrage

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A female newsreader has caused outrage in Saudi Arabia after she became the first person to read the news without a headscarf.

The Independent reports that the unnamed TV anchor was not in Saudi Arabia and was broadcasting from the Al Ekhbariya studios in London but added that “we do not tolerate any transgression of our values and the country’s systems.”

While some women are occasionally seen on state television without a headscarf, newsreaders are always covered up with a hijab.

Islamic dress codes require women to wear headscarves and veils.

Although, how much women are covered up differs across Saudi Arabia. In the conservative capital Riyadh women wear a full veil (niqab), while in more relaxed cities like Jeddah, woman opt simply for a hijab.

The social media outrage was split in Saudi Arabia between those who felt the anchor was showing disrespect to others who felt that the incident might help progress women’s rights in the country.

Although women’s rights are getting more attention now, with more women than before joining the workforce, a huge gap still exists in restrictions on women compared to other parts of the world. In Saudi, women are banned from driving.

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  1. PATO

    August 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Truth and spirit is the way to worship God. He is not interested in finery, raiment,jewelry ornament. It is enough if a woman covers her head in a place of worship.

  2. highclass

    August 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Curb it, its againt the societal values. Give her a step, she would take a mile

  3. Mutana faruk

    August 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    What authority are you referring to Pato? Quran or Bible? That women should cover only at the place of worship. God’s rules and regulations are perfect and free from errors to be edited or amended. The whole globe is facing serious calamities, maladies, conflicts, diseases, unrest and so on just because we are failed to comply with the simple rules and regulations of God.

  4. Barr kpiliboh Akpo( Eddy)

    August 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

    It is d weather of a country dat determine d dress code. Athough decency is ok but we must not on d guise of religion put ourself to hardshp.

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The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

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The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

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Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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