Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of sharia law ensures men cannot be unduly tempted by the unveiled faces of attractive women. It may well be time the veiling rule is also extended to the male population.
Lashes are a common punishment in Saudi Arabia when the religious police arrest those accused of breaking strict morality codes. In a rare turning of tables, a member of the religious police has been sentenced to 158 lashes for harassing a woman.
Canadian citizen Sheikh Usama al-Atar has been arrested by Saudi religious police whilst performing the Haj pilgrimage in Medina. Eyewitnesses report he was harassed and beaten, whilst being falsely accused of breaking a police official's arm.