Egypt has quietly launched an informal Saudi-style Islamic morality police force to implement the teachings of Islam in a ‘non-violent’ manner.
The morality police force has been named ‘The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice’. And as its name suggests, the idea is to monitor people and watch over their deeds to see whether or not they comply with the Shariah (Islamic law).
The committee has vowed not to get into the state security’s affairs and to only advise those who would be willing to listen to them. The founder of the moral police force said in an interview that the recent assaults on women and acts of adultery along with unofficial weddings would not have taken place in Egypt had the committee been formed earlier.
The only problem people normally have with these ‘moral’ police forces is that the definition of ‘vice’ and ‘virtue’ differs among individuals. And this difference between opinions often gives rise to conflict. Egyptians as a nation are going through a sensitive phase right now because of the protests and demonstrations against the ruling ‘extremist’ government. Introducing a moral police in these troubled times might not turn out to be a good idea for the country. But that, of course, remains to be seen.