Wiping away her tears with a trembling hand, Shahd hurried away from the university campus. As soon as she got back home, the 19-year-old burst into tears again.
“Rijal al-Hisbah [the so-called religious police] prevented us from entering the university and told us that we looked like sinners,” she told her shocked mother.
Shahd, a first year chemistry student, examined herself once more in her bedroom mirror.
Her plain white shawl completely covered her head and a navy manteau or long coat was loosely wrapped over her body. The outfit was accessorised with blue trainers and a blue leather backpack. Shahd wore no make-up or elaborate jewelry.
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