Saudi Women With Beautiful Eyes Should Cover Them up, Says New Sharia Proposal

Reported by Amrutha Gayathri for International Business Times

In yet another sexist and repressive act, a conservative Islamic committee in Saudi Arabia has proposed a law to stop women from revealing their “tempting” eyes to the public.

As of now, Saudi Arabian women are required to cover themselves up from head to toe, with a long black cloak called the “abaya”, except for their eyes and in most cases the eyebrows.  The laws on women covering their bodies are strictly imposed and anyone who doesn’t abide by the codes of conduct faces fines and public floggings.

However, Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) found that even women’s eyes could sometimes be too attractive for men and drafted a new proposal.

According to the Daily Mail, a report on the Bikya Masr news site suggested the proposal was made after a member of the committee was attracted by a woman’s eyes as he walked along a street, provoking a fight. The fight culminated in the woman’s husband getting stabbed twice in the hand.

A spokesperson for CPVPV, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, said a proposal aimed at making it illegal for women to be in public without covering themselves up completely, if they happened to have attractive eyes, had been tabled.

The committee has always been under fire from human rights activists for repressive measures had carried out in the name of Islamic principles. It was widely criticized for its inhuman enforcement of the Sharia law in March 2002, when a public school in Mecca was on fire.

The religious police prevented female students from escaping by locking the doors and barring firemen and emergency services personnel from entering the building because the students had not covered their heads properly. The committee said it didn’t want to invoke the “sexual feelings” of emergency personnel by allowing them see the girls without their head-cover. The CPVPV was held responsible by human rights organizations for a death toll of 14. Though the organization denied the charges, the shocking accounts of witnesses were published by local media.

Incidents of brutal physical torture of women, by religious committees, for not abiding by Islamic laws have regularly appeared in Saudi media. Women are not allowed to drive or travel without male authorization or accompaniment in the country.

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  1. This is heartbreakingly sad, i’ll send these women love

  2. This particular incidence I reffered to you yesterday or so alongwith a case of a seventeen year old Muslim poor girl reported by the AHRC. She was rapped by the Military and Police personnel repeatedly over last one year. She became pregnant and thenafter they aboned her. The girl wants to deliver the child but these personnel wants her to abort. They have collided with the Islamic mullahs to threaten the family to kill her brothers and kidnap the girl.

    This is why I keep saying that present form of Islamic practices under Shari jurisprudence is incompatible with the world civility. It needs a drastic reforms if Islam and its people has to survive. I think you will agree.

    • tninfidel
    • November 21st, 2011

    Islam is an evil, cruel disease.

    • We are sorry you feel that way, but completely understand why you would think that based on all the crazy news emanating from the Muslim world. There are peace loving and moderate Muslims out there too. In fact, the majority are. Otherwise if the majority were evil and cruel people as you say, then we would have a very bad situation as there are almost 1.5 billion of them. So imagine instead of a few thousand, we had maybe a billion people who were evil all over the world…what would the world look like to you at that point? Thank God, the majority of Muslims are peaceful and moderate. Certainly those of us associated with this site certainly are. Please research Sufi Islam and also the thoughts on religion and God by Rumi. These are the people Pakistanis for Peace admires and not the crazies like these people in Saudi Arabia asking women to cover their eyes for God’s sake! That’s why we are highlighting this stupidity by featuring this article here. Thanks for your comment and for visiting our site. Please come back and visit us again! God Bless~

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