Brave Saudi Woman Defies Religious Police, Films Them, and Tells Them to Leave Her the Hell Alone

May 26, 2012
8:07 am

Yes, we love Gawker. And they did it again by posting the following video that shows a Saudi women who confronts her country's religious police and films them as they harass for the nail polish that she was wearing.

The clip is at the end of this post, but here is some of the background (from Gawker piece):

Messing with the Saudi mutaween (religious police) is not recommended — particularly if you happen to be a Saudi woman. 

Granted power to enforce Sharia Law by order of King Abdullah himself, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice employs thousands of members and volunteers whose sole duty it is to go around and harass people they think are not being Muslim enough. 

And they don't kid around: In 2002, members of the HAIA reportedly prevented schoolgirls in Mecca from fleeing a fire because they were not properly dressed. Fourteen perished in the flames. 

Given this record, it is extremely unusual to see a woman confront a mutawwa in public, but that's precisely what occurred recently in the Hayat Mall in Riyadh — and it left quite an impression. 

A female Saudi mall patron, irritated by the persistent pestering of a "vice preventor" who had apparently taken offense to her freshly manicured nails, turned on her camera-phone, and began recording her adamant refusal to leave the mall at his behest.