Saudi uproar after 11-year-old girl filmed in ‘scandalous’ dance

A girl wearing a traditional wedding costume and full make-up, but still in hijab, has caused uproar in Saudi Arabia after being filmed in a mixed-gender festival over the weekend in the town of Jizan.

Making matters worse, the girl, who in the video marches alongside a man in simulation of a zaffa, a traditional wedding dance, was later revealed to be just 11 years old.

The video “has angered our religion and morals and Arab traditions, the majority of people,” tweeted Saudi commentator Mohammed al-Yahya.

Some even suggestedSaudi Arabia was sliding towards “immorality”, alluding to the video and another incident where a man was filmed holding hands with his wife in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

More at the Mirror – Girl, 11, at centre of investigation for ‘immorality’ just for taking part in a traditional ‘men only’ dance in Saudi Arabia