The woman was arrested for obstructing traffic and violating public decency. After taking legal action, the accused has been handed over to public prosecution, the police said in a statement.
A woman stopped a car on a busy main road in Riyadh and danced next to the door of the car with loud music on the road. The date of the incident and the name of the accused have not been released. The young woman danced on the road wearing pants and a half-sleeve top with a veil wrapped around her waist. The driver of another car filmed and released the video on social media.
Last week, the police arrested a woman who stopped her car in the middle of the ring road in Riyadh and got out of it, causing traffic obstruction. In a statement, the public safety department clarified that the woman was taken into custody after conducting an investigation after the video went viral. In the footage, the young woman can be seen shouting as she gets out of the car and walks among the vehicles on the road as motorists and pedestrians look on. Due to this, the traffic on the busy road was blocked and a long line of cars appeared for a long distance.
In September, Saudi police arrested two young men after stopping their car to take photos in the middle of a road in Riyadh. A Saudi national and a Yemeni resident stopped the car on the road and stopped the traffic, one was taking a photo of the other. The arrest is for endangering the lives of the occupants of the following vehicles and violating public morals.
After the release of this video, there was a protest against the youth on social media and the demand to take strong action became stronger. Saudi Arabia recently tightened penalties for traffic violations to reduce road accidents. The death rate due to car accidents is much higher in Saudi than in many other countries.
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