Mascot Arrested For SHARIA Law Violation
No means no! That goes for fictional characters as well, it seems. Just ask the person who dressed as a mascot in Saudi Arabia.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (also known as the religious police) made an arrest recently for a violation of the Sharia Law dress code. The perpetrator was a mascot.
Since the figure was female, it was required to be covered in a hijab headscarf and a full black cloak called an abaya in public. That is the regulation for all females in Saudi Arabia. Imaginary or real, apparently.
Instead, the character was dressed in a blue dress with matching headband. It’s face and arms were exposed to view. This attire, evidently, caused a stir and resulted in the mascot being taken into custody.
Inside the costume was a male employed for the opening of a sweet shop. He was also held for dressing like a female which is an additional Sharia violation.
The Committee released a statement about the incident:
“We found a man in the female mascot and after contacting the superintendent of the Kharj area, we spoke to the man (in the doll) and made him and his supervisor write a statement that they will not repeat this again,” the statement read. “We reminded them about Allah and that what they did was pretending to be women and that is against Sharia (Islamic law).
“They expressed remorse and (we) asked them to accompany us to the station, to complete the formalities.”
Members of the committee are authorized to shut down businesses as well as berate and detain offenders. They patrol the streets enforcing salat prayer by Muslims during prayer times, dress codes, strict separation of men and women, and other behavior it believes to be commanded by Islam.
Clearly, Bruce Jenner won’t be vacationing in Saudi Arabia anytime soon.
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan
source: Information Liberation