Religious Police Separate Sexes as Fire Rages

BURAIDAH, 31 July 2006 — When a building goes on fire the first thing that most people would think about is saving the people trapped inside.

However, when a fire broke out at a wedding hall in Buraidah on Saturday, officials from the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice quickly went into action by separating men and women guests who had escaped the fire and gathered outside the wedding hall, the Al-Watan daily reported.

In the mean time, while the Civil Defense arrived, the relatives of the groom rolled up their sleeves and worked hard in extinguishing the fire.

On seeing the religious police ignoring the fire and ordering people to separate, many of the guests asked them if they had no drug dealers or bootleggers to catch.

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Arab News, Saudi Arabia
July 1, 2006

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