It was a scene Saudi women’s rights activists have dreamt of for years.
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.
Neither the religious police nor the Eastern Province police has made a statement on the incident, and both the names of the couple and the date of the incident have not been made public, but on Monday the incident was all over the Saudi media.
I'll bet they haven't.
It's refreshing to hear of these things, it really is. Covering people because of some sort of emotional frustration just isn't normal, no matter what Islamic fundamentalists and their lackeys think. It is a grave injustice to treat a woman like livestock. I take that back. Women in Islamic countries aren't treated like livestock. They're treated worse.
One can only treat someone like crap for so long before the last straw.
Now, for your viewing pleasure, an Iranian woman cleaning the clock of the morality police.