A few years ago, it was seen that a Saudi anchor-woman is making global headlines and developing interest on social media as she presented herself without covering her head with a scarf on a Saudi News Channel. Generally, women in Saudi Arabia are not seen without covering their head or their body in public. Al-ekhbariya news channel telecasted the anchor woman without wearing a veil, which seemed quite shocking for many. Since Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country that requires on the proper covering of the head for women, it was quite shocking for the people to see an anchor woman with an uncovered head.[irp]
However, Saleh al-mughailaif, a spokesperson for the channel clarified that the woman was reporting from a studio in Britain, and therefore took such step of not covering her head, but at the same time sincerely apologized from the public on her behalf and assured that anything like this will never be repeated. According to the gulf news, the spokesperson clearly said the anchor woman was not in Saudi Arabia. He even clarified that he, along with his other fellows has full respect of our country’s values and the systems. This news was not only reported by the Saudi TV channel but also seen on the American and British sites as an important headline.
The issue of women uncovering their heads in Saudi is not new. Many of such cases are reported every now and then. However, women are expected to wear a head covering if they report as a news anchor or any other field from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s customs can be clearly understood by looking at the country’s history.
After the modern nation was founded in 1932, and the 18th-century pact was signed between the ruling al– Saud monarchy and Wahhabis, a bunch of people who strictly followed Islamic laws. Ever since then, strict Islamic law has been imposed on Saudi Arabia. The full covering of women, especially the head is one of these customs and not obeying the rules can give rise to serious consequences.
All versions of Islam explain that women should cover their body and head and should dress decently. Saudi Arabia is, however, the first Muslim country that legally imposes women to properly cover their body along with their head. Besides this strict dress code, women do have enough room for fashion since Abayas can be found in different colors, cuts, and styles.[irp]
To prevent you from being criticized, it is always the best option to abide by the rules as stated by the government. Before opting to host a TV channel, it is a must to properly understand what lies within the rules and regulations as per law. Even if you are anchoring from a different country, it is your duty to properly understand the country where it will be on aired. Dressing up appropriately according to the country’s laws will not only prevent you from criticism but will also lead you to have a brighter future.
Source: Al Arabiya