Apparently Denial Doesn't Change The Facts
"I was boasting about Riyadh, telling him it doesn't deserve its bad reputation," she said. "I told him I never experienced any harassment. I'd had no trouble as a woman. It was business as usual."Then reality came knocking at her door.
There was a power outage at her office, so she and some male colleagues went to Starbucks to avail themselves of the internet access. She sat in the "family" section, which means it is the only section where women and men are allowed to sit together. what she forgot is that only men and women who are related are allowed to sit together.
She settled into a booth with a male colleague and opened her laptop. Moments later, she was arrested.So to recap, she sings the praises of Saudi Arabia until she makes the mistake of being a woman in public. Now she's taking medication to combat post-traumatic stress and is afraid to leave her "family compound".
"Some men came up to us with very long beards and white dresses. They asked, 'Why are you here together?' I explained about the power being out in our office. They got very angry and told me what I was doing was a great sin," Yara recalled.
The men were from Saudi Arabia's Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, a 10,000-strong police force charged with enforcing dress codes, sex segregation and the observance of prayer times.
Yara said they grabbed her mobile phone and pushed her into a taxi bound for Riyadh's main prison. There she was interrogated, strip-searched and forced to sign and fingerprint confessions of guilt.
Later, she was made to stand before a judge who condemned her behavior, telling her she would "burn in hell."
She said she spent hours in a filthy prison cell with dozens of other women who had been arrested by the religious police, before her husband used his political connections to secure her release.
Let that be a lesson, kiddies. You can stick your head in the sand about what is going on around you for only so long before someone realizes your ass is in the air and gives it a good, hard kick.