Saudi woman with nail polish refuses to leave Hayat Mall, argues with religious police (Video)

By on May 26, 2012 in Lifestyle, Middle East Comments

A Saudi woman reportedly argued with a religious police (mutawa) inside the Hayat Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 as shown the video below, after she was ordered to leave the mall because she has polished nails.

According to Saudi Gazette on Friday, May 25, 2012, the Saudi woman went into a heated argument with a member of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) after she refused to leave the mall and told him he has no right to check on her nails.

As can be seen in the video, the CPVPV member is few feet far from the Saudi woman and both are speaking in local dialect; and an English translation of the woman’s statements can be read in the subtitle, bravely insisting that she will not leave the mall.

“Get out if the mall?! I’ll show you who’s getting out of the mall!!! This is none of your business.” The unidentified Saudi woman apparently told the religious police, as he comes closer to her, with the scene starting to get attraction from other people.

“Why are you following me? What do you want from me? The government did not send you to follow me. The government said there would be no persecution of women. Your job is to advise people and move on. You have no right to harass anyone.” The woman added.

“For your information, this video is on its way to Facebook and Twitter as we speak. You are not the boss of me, and you can’t tell me not to wear nail polish.” The woman told them, saying that another word from him and the video will reach Haia Chief Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh.

Apparently, the woman noted that she is afraid that if she leaves the mall, she could be followed by the mutawa and hurt her deliberately, with the video earning mixed reactions since women are being noted not have a debate with police publicly; and is now under thorough investigation by the CPVPV.

Saudi woman with nail polish, refusing to leave Hayat Mall, argues with religious police
Video Credit: MEMRITVVideos/YouTube

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