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Saudi woman makes a stand against feared religious police -
May 28, 2012
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The three and a half minute video posted on May 23 shows members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice telling the women to "get out of here" But she refuses to comply, saying: "I'm staying and I want to know what you're going to do about." "It's none of your business if I wear nail polish," the unidentified woman, who is not seen on tape, is heard shouting at bearded men from the feared religious force. "You are not in charge of me," she defiantly shouts back, referring to new constraints imposed earlier this year on the religious police banning them from harassing Saudi women over their behaviour and attire. "The government has banned you from coming after us," she told the men, adding "you are only supposed to provide advice, and nothing more". As of Monday, the video was viewed more than 1,142,000 times, with over 12,000 people posting comments online, most of them denouncing the woman's behaviour. One posting said she had "no shame" and accused her of "prostituting" herself. Another called her a "slut" and a "whore." The clip earned only about 1800 "likes". The number of "dislikes" reached almost 7000. In January, Saudi King Abdullah appointed a more moderate head of the religious police raising hopes that a more lenient force will ease draconian social constraints in the Islamic country. Two weeks into his post, Sheikh Abdullatif Abdel Aziz al-Sheikh banned volunteers from serving in the commission which enforces the kingdom's strict Islamic rules. And in April he went further prohibiting the religious police from "harassing people" and threatening "decisive measures against violators". The woman filmed the incident herself and posted it on YouTube. At one point during the video, she cautions the religious police that she has already posted the exchange online. It is also not clear if the woman was eventually forced to leave the centre. The religious police prevent women from driving, require them to be covered from head to foot...
Did I ever mention I don't entirely like religious bullies who not only lie profoundly about the fundamental nature of reality but use those lies to harass and cow people? -
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