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Saudi Arabia released the woman in the viral miniskirt video


Updated July 19, 2017 12:20 PM EDT

Ali H. Alyami, director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, said the woman's release was a political move.

"Her arrest was meant to send a political message to people," Alyami said. "She is a victim of a much bigger issue, which is the government trying to stifle human development."

Alyami said the Saudi Arabian government is against human development and growth in society because it makes it difficult to control the public.

"The police claim that she broke Islamic law but there is nothing in the law that says women can't be humans," he said.

Updated July 19, 2017 08:56 AM EDT

The woman who was detained by police in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh for wearing "suggestive clothing" has been turned over to the public prosecutor's office, according to the official Twitter account of state-run TV channel al-Ekhbariya on Tuesday. The woman has been identified online as "Khulood" a aspiring model in Saudi Arabia.

The video of her walking through the streets of conservative Ushayqar wearing a miniskirt and crop-top went viral over on social media over the weekend. Khulood was reportedly arrested shortly after the video's release.

Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested a woman who was wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in a video posted on social media, according to a Saudi police statement.

The woman was featured in a viral social media video where she walked through the conservative city of Ushayqir wearing the garments.

Police have not released her identity, but according to KTLA 5, the woman told police that the video was put on her social media account without her consent.

On Sunday, the spokesperson for the Presidency of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said that the agency is taking the "necessary steps" to address the video of the woman wearing "offensive clothing," according to CNN.

In Saudi Arabia, women are expected to wear an abaya, a loose-fitting garment and to cover their hair, in public.

Many people took to social media to defend the woman.

Others thought that her arrest was necessary.

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