Published May 18, 2010
It's hard work being a Saudi religious policeman. You never know when you're going to get whupped by an unmarried woman.
When a Saudi "virtue" cop approached a couple socializing at an amusement park in the city of Al-Mubarraz, he likely wasn't expecting what came next -- a beating from a young Saudi woman.
The religious police officer demanded that the couple provide identification and state their relationship to one another, according to the Saudi daily newspaper Okaz, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The young man collapsed during the questioning, but the woman reportedly became enraged and punched the officer repeatedly in the face, sending him to the hospital, the Post reported.
Saudi law prohibits women from socializing with unrelated men. The law also forbids them to drive, fly aircraft, inherit money or be seen in a public space without a male guardian.
Officers of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice are responsible for enforcing such laws but a wave of resistance in recent months has made the job difficult.
No statement on the incident has so far been made by the religious police or by the regular police, according to Okaz, the Post reported.
If the unidentified woman is charged she could face a long prison term, as well as body lashes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.