Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrested 57 young men accused of flirting with girls at shopping malls in Mecca, the BBC reports. Prosecutors say the men wore indecent clothing, played loud music, and danced to attract the girls’ attention. The arrests were prompted by Saudi’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which runs its powerful religious police.
The police force, known as the mutaween, enforces Wahhabism, Saudi’s strict brand of Islam. Officials, who’d earlier banned the sale of items related to Valentine’s Day, said they received reports of the men’s “bad” behavior at local malls, but guardians for some of the men insisted they’d socialize on weekends without ever violating laws that prohibit mingling of the sexes.