Saudi Arabia : Women should not be forced to wear long abaya robes in public, says a top cleric. Women in Saudi are currently required to wear abaya along with a headscarf when they are in public. The cleric’s comments come following the introduction of several reforms in the kingdom to give women more rights.
“More than 90% of pious Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear abayas,” said Sheikh Abdulla al-Mutlaq, a member of the council of senior scholars-the kingdom’s highest religious body.
So we should not force people to wear abayas,” he told a television programme.
The government has not said whether it will change the law, but this is the first such comment from a senior religious figure. Saudi Arabia last month allowed women to enter a football stadium for the first time to watch a game.
“Chastity and morality should not be tied to a piece of cloth.”- One Saudi Twitter user commented.