Saudi woman confronts police over painted nails

May 26th, 2012 - 7:31 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 26 (IANS) A video of a Saudi woman confronting the religious police over breaking modesty rules with her painted nails has gone viral after she posted it on the YouTube, Daily Mail reported Saturday.

The woman, who has not been identified, refuses their demands that she leave the mall where she is shopping and tells them that her nails are “none of (their) business”.

She filmed her confrontation with the members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) on her mobile phone and posted it on YouTube.

It has ignited a debate in Saudi Arabia over the way that members of the commission should deal with people in public places.

The video shows several men in traditional Saudi dress, who have apparently stopped the woman to chastise her for the immodesty of her freshly manicured nails.

One of the men orders the woman to leave the mall, but she refuses and the pair become embroiled in a heated argument in the middle of the mall’s concourse.

“The government didn’t send you to follow me,” she yells at them. “The government said there would be no persecution (of women). Your job is to advise people and move on. You have no right to harass anyone.”

A probe has been opened into the incident, the Gazette reported.

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