Media: Saudi Police Detain Young Woman for Removing Abaya

Saudi women praying at Eid al-Adha in Riyadh on November 27, 2009/Stringer
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(REUTERS) – Saudi police detained a young woman for violating modesty rules after she removed her abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes women are required to wear, on a main street in the capital Riyadh, local media reported on Monday.

The conservative Muslim country enforces a strict dress code for women in public, bans them from driving and prohibits the mixing of sexes.

The Arabic-language al-Sharq newspaper reported that the woman was detained after a complaint was filed by the religious police.

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