Tuesday, May 18, 2010

You go girl! A Saudi woman beats up a virtue cop

What a great story!
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.
The Saudi media is buzzing about the incident. I hope they never find out who the woman was. The penalty would be a jail term and lashings for attacking a government agent. Sometimes the veil can be a blessing if it helps protect this woman.

2 comments:

Pat Patterson said...

It appears in the article that she has been identified but what if it was a guy disguised as a woman. Homosexuals are not kindly received in Saudi Arabia but the burqa would make a handy way to go out in public.

Of course her punching ability might cause her boyfriend to have second thoughts on pursuing the relationship.

tfhr said...

Pat Patterson,

You beat me to the punch on this punch line. That leaves me with only this to add: If it is sometimes difficult to discern men from women in Saudi Arabia, how can you separate the men from the boys?
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With a crowbar!

Thank you! Thank you! I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress.