After woman’s alleged beating, who polices the religious police, Saudis ask

Wael Mahdi, Foreign Correspondent, The National, April 19, 2010

JEDDAH // A woman who asked for a lift to a provincial bus station so she could rejoin her family in Jeddah says she was arrested by Saudi Arabia’s religious police, who accused her of being a runaway, and that they searched her clothes, tied her up with a rope and beat her.

Local police responded to complaints of screaming coming from the building that houses the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (known as Hai’a) in the northern province of Tabuk.

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