Saudi woman fights back. Literally. - Macleans.ca

Saudi woman fights back. Literally.

Religious police officer is taken to hospital

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Here’s how the fight went down. A member of the Saudi religious police—or, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice—was on the prowl. His location: an amusement park. His target: unmarried couples. (Unrelated men and women are not allowed to publicly socialize in the Saudi kingdom). But when the cop approached a young couple in their 20s to question them, he probably didn’t expect what came next: being beaten up by the young woman to the point that he needed to be hospitalized—while the woman’s male companion lay collapsed on the ground. “To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” said Saudi rights activist Wajiha Al-Huwaidar. “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.” If the young woman is convicted, she could face time in jail as well as lashings.

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