According to the strict Sharia law in Saudi Arabia , Men and women should not mingle together. If unrelated woman and man found together in public or private places they would face legal punishments that can be up to 6 months in prison.
Women and men in Saudi Arabia study in gender segregated schools and universities. Yet women are still acquired to wear long dress/ long sleeve school uniforms, and over the school uniform school girls at the age or above the age of 9 ( who are in the 4th grade) must wear black Abaya, black scarf and cover their face when leaving the school.
Female schools and Universities are guarded by a guard men / security officers to make sure that women are not seeing unrelated men and are wearing the proper Islamic dress.
Last Wednesday, a female college student in King Saud University in Riyadh died of a heart attack when the university officials barred the male paramedics from entering the girls-only college. Amana bawzeer, a master’s student at the college of social studies passed away because she did not get the proper intervention in time, Outraged students who witnessed incident tweeted. Some have tweeted in a hashtage , ”we are blaming the college officials of Amna’s death”.
However, the Saudi local news papers are denying that Amna’s death was resulted of late intervention and said that the paramedics tried to save her life and they were not banned from entering the school.
This is not the first time that this happens in Saudi Arabia, A tragic unforgettable incident happened 12 years ago, when 15 girls were burnt alive in school fire in mecca , Saudi Arabia in 2002. The young girls age between 12 to 14 were banned from leaving the school that was in fire because they were trying to escape the fire without wearing their Abayas . They were left screaming and burnt alive behind the school’s gate. The religious police and the guard men refused to open the door to let the girls escape or the fire fighters to go in because the girls were unveiled and not properly dressed, witnesses said. The religious police were also beating pushing back girls who tried to escape the fire without their Abayas.
The Saudi local news papers stated that deaths didn’t happen as a result of the religious police banning girls from escaping the fire, but rather the lack of fire extinguishers and alarms in the building.