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Saudi Arabia Arrests Man for Eating Breakfast With Female Coworker

13 September 2018, 02:39 | Erica Roy

A screenshot from the video shared among Saudis for two Saudi women one of them reveals part of her waist in the video

A screenshot from the video shared among Saudis for two Saudi women one of them reveals part of her waist in the video

The woman, wearing an Islamic niqab, is seen waving to the camera and feeding the man - who was filming - with her hand.

"The government should prosecute those who dare to disrespect Saudi laws and systems, distort the image of our conservative society, and promote moral degradation with the strictest punishment", one user wrote.

Unrelated men and women are increasingly allowed to enter family sections of restaurants together, and public events have generally done away with such divisions.

The Saudi labour ministry said the man had been arrested after appearing in the "offensive video".

Little did the man know that the video would land up him in a big trouble as authorities in Saudi Arabia has arrested the man for posting the video which showed him having a normal breakfast with his female colleague.

The arrest has divided opinion, with many Saudis on social media were highly critical of both the man and the woman.

Women are exempted from carrying out most outside activities without being accompanied by a man, father, husband, brother or son.

Their employer was summoned and is accused of violating rules regulating women's placement at work, the ministry added.

Meanwhile, an Arabic hashtag that translates as "an Egyptian having breakfast with a Saudi" has been used more than 113,000 times on Twitter, "where it has become the centre of a cultural divide", the BBC reports.

The Saudi public prosecutor's office said foreigners working in Saudi Arabia should "respect Saudi values, traditions and feelings".

"He [The Egyptian man] was punished, while the Al Saud princes who embrace women and spend money looted from the people go unpunished".

Television presenter Osama Gaweesh said he was confused with the arrest, asking: "Doesn't [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman want a new, open Saudi Arabia with concerts and movie theatres and beaches and a 2030 vision?"

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