It seems that the Saudi media is the party that watches over the guardians. Here, Arab News reports on the case of a young man arrested by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. When his parents sought to find him, they ended up being arrested for allegedly beating Commission members. Sadly for the Haya, this case took place in Jeddah, the center of Saudi media publishing, so it will be easy enough (relatively speaking) for the media to stay on top of the story.
JEDDAH: Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) in Jeddah’s Al-Rawabi district have been accused of beating a youth and then filing a false police case against his parents that led to them being detained in prison for several days.
The commission members are accused of attacking 21-year-old university student Rami Al-Hakami two weeks ago.
“I was on my way to pick my sisters up from school when a commission car stopped next to my car. One of the men hit me from behind and then four commission members dragged me to their car. A man beat me up inside the car until I passed out,” said Al-Hakami.
“The commission member then took my cell phone and my belongings and forced me to sign a paper; I had no idea what was written on it. It was at that time that my dad called me to ask why I was taking so long coming home. The commission member answered the phone and told my dad that I had been arrested because I was harassing school girls,” he added. Al-Hakami, who was left with marks on his body following the beating, collected his sisters after being released and returned home. Hearing what happened, his parents went to the commission office to demand answers. However, commission members refused to answer and so the father went to the police.