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Saudi Women Could Be Forced To Cover Their Eyes

By Amanda Peterson Beadle on November 18, 2011 at 1:24 pm

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In Saudi Arabia, officials are considering a disturbing measure that could require women to cover their eyes in public. According to the Daily Mail, Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said a proposal to turn the measure into law had been tabled, but the conservative Islamic state had said it has the right to prevent women from showing “tempting” eyes in public. Women already cover their hair and cloak themselves in black abayas, and can face punishments including fines and public floggings for women who don’t comply. In September, women were given the right to vote and run for office, but they are still banned from driving and cannot travel or have certain medical operations without a man’s permission.

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