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Saudi woman jailed for offending religious police
A Saudi woman walks past a chocolate store in the desert kingdom
A Saudi woman walks past a chocolate store in the desert kingdom's capital Riyadh. (file photo)
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Saudi authorities continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls.”

Human Rights Watch

A Saudi woman along with her two daughters has been sent to a public prison, reportedly for spitting and offending a religious police officer in a shopping mall.


Quoting local sources, the NEWS24 website reported that the women were asked to leave a shopping centre in the holy city of Mecca for allegedly wearing inappropriate clothing and improper behavior by an officer from the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

The women then started to yell at the officer and spit at him.

Saudi Arabia has already been under fire from rights groups for systematic discrimination against women. Women are even banned from voting in Saudi Arabia.

On January 22, Human Rights Watch said in a statement that Saudi authorities “continue to suppress or fail to protect the rights of 9 million Saudi women and girls.”

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world to ban women -- both Saudi and foreign -- from driving.

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