An altercation between a young Saudi woman and an agent of the country’s morality police over her nail polish in a Riyadh mall has stirred a public debate in the Middle Eastern kingdom.
In a video the woman can be heard demanding the agents of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to leave her alone, as they instruct her to leave the mall at once.
“Why are you chasing me? The government said no more chasing! Your duty is to advise people… why are you looking at my manicure? I will never leave the mall!” she can be heard saying.
Later in the video, the woman asked mall security to intervene in the incident and to get the morality police to stop harassing her. The security guards refused to do so, instructing her to listen to the agent, who they know to be “a good man.”
The video went viral with many Saudis posting comments in support of the youth and against her conduct.
It has been reported that an official investigation into the incident by the commission will be opened.