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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Messiah's times: Saudi woman beats up 'virtues cop'

This is the best story I have heard in a long time (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
When a Saudi religious policeman sauntered about an amusement park in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Al-Mubarraz looking for unmarried couples illegally socializing, he probably wasn’t expecting much opposition.

But when he approached a young, 20-something couple meandering through the park together, he received an unprecedented whooping.

A member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Saudi religious police known locally as the Hai’a, asked the couple to confirm their identities and relationship to one another, as it is a crime in Saudi Arabia for unmarried men and women to mix.

For unknown reasons, the young man collapsed upon being questioned by the cop.

According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

“To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”

“The media and the Internet have given people a lot of power and the freedom to express their anger,” she said. “The Hai’a are like a militia, but now whenever they do something it’s all over the Internet. This gives them a horrible reputation and gives people power to react.”
Unfortunately, the woman involved may yet face a prison term and lashes. But imagine if every Saudi woman reacted this way.

Read the whole thing.


At 6:47 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its unheard for Saudis to resist the vice cops. But such small acts of defiance are often the beginnings of far greater change.

Will it happen? Probably not. But a freer Saudi society would be one that in the long run can only help to advance a stagnant Arab World that is very badly in need of making it into the 21st Century.

Time will tell.


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