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Saudi woman arrested for hugging male singer on stage

  • Published at 03:59 pm July 15th, 2018
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A screenshot of the video of a Saudi Arabian woman hugging Majid al-Mohandis on stageCollected from Twitter

Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to mix in public with men who are unrelated to them

A Saudi Arabian woman has been arrested for hugging singer Majid al-Mohandis while he was performing at a festival in the western city of Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Videos posted online showed her holding on to Mr Mohandis while security staff tried to pull her off him, reports BBC.

Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to mix in public with men who are unrelated to them.

Mr Mohandis, whose website says is "the prince of Arab singing", has not commented on the incident. The Iraqi-born singer, who also has Saudi citizenship, continued to perform after the incident.

According to BBC, a public prosecutor will now consider harassment charges against the woman, police told Okaz, a leading Saudi newspaper, and Efe news agency.

Restrictions that had long been placed on women attending public events in the kingdom have been relaxed in the past year under a series of reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Recently, women were allowed to attend a concert and a football match for the first time in Saudi Arabia.