Despite earlier reports about Saudi Arabia reigning in its morality/religious police, yet another video has emerged allegedly showing an officer harassing a woman inside a shopping mall.
Jordan-based website Al Bawaba reports a member of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — aka Haia — was filmed throwing a woman out of what appeared to be a makeup store inside a mall, which are strictly female-only spaces in the ultra-conservative Islamic country.
In the video, posted on YouTube on Sept. 17, a man, purportedly a member of the Committee for the Haia, can be seen yelling at a woman, telling her, “You can’t be in here, it’s forbidden.”
It’s not yet clear as to what exactly irked the religious cop. However, considering the moral police’s usual conduct with Saudi citizens, especially women, the offense could be anything from wearing a bright nail color to sporting the wrong hairdo.
The Haia is mainly responsible for making sure citizens do not violate Islamic code of conduct in public. Since these cops posses quite a lot of power, they often misuse their authority to harass people for no reason whatsoever.
In April, the Saudi government stripped the special law-enforcement squad of their powers to arrest, urging them to be “gentle and humane” while performing their duties after some officers were caught on camera assaulting a young woman outside a mall in Riyadh.
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