Saudi religious authority mulls jobs for women

Saudi Arabia’s most feared fundamentalist Muslim law enforcing authority is considering allowing women to join its members as part of expansion plans, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice said Saudi laws give the Commission the right to employ females and seek their help in its activities across the Gulf Kingdom, Anbakum daily reported.

“We are seriously considering the issue of employing women in the Commission in coordination with the competent authorities,” the paper quoted Khalid Al Shafi, director of the Commission’s legal department, as saying.

“The criminal law gives us the right to recruit women according to our needs…they could be used in our activities that target women.”

The Commission is the most influential fundamentalist law enforcing group in the Kingdom as it has wide powers in enforcing laws related to religious practices and violations of Islamic-related rules.

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