Saudi Woman Slugs Virtue Cop

Mystery woman sends religious officer to hospital
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2010 7:18 AM CDT
Updated May 22, 2010 2:00 PM CDT
Saudi Woman Slugs Virtue Cop
A Saudi Woman visits the Saudi Travel and Tourism Investment Market (STTIM) fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, March 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – A Saudi woman stopped by a virtue cop pulled off every feminist's dream: As her male companion mysteriously collapsed, she proceeded to give the cop a thrashing—to the point where he was taken to the hospital with bruising. The unnamed woman was strolling through an amusement park with her friend when they were stopped by a religious cop looking for unmarried couples, who cannot legally socialize.

If the 20-something is charged, she could face prison time and lashings. “To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” one women’s rights activist tells the Media Line. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”
(Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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