On March 28, 2016 the Times of India reported: A Saudi doctor, arrested for flying the rainbow pride flag above his home, has claimed he was unaware of the flag’s LGBT symbolism.
The man said he bought the flag online after one of his children found the colours “pretty” and had no idea it represented LGBT pride, CNN reports.
The Saudi religious police, or the Committee for Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, arrested the man after he raised the flag on a three metre pole above his home in Jeddah.
According to local media, the man was bailed after an “investigation” and agreed to remove the flag.
Homosexuality is illegal under Sharia law in Saudi Arabia and punishments for those engaging in same-sex relationships include execution, chemical castration, imprisonment and even death.