Conflict & Justice

Complaints Prompt Curbs on Saudi Religious Police

It's the job of Saudi Arabia's religious police to enforce the separation between the sexes, make sure women are dressed modestly, and get men to mosques for prayer five times a day.

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But there's been complaints of excesses in their ranks of late and the relatively new head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is in the process of curtailing the power of the religious police.

The BBC's Sebastian Usher, an Arab affairs analyst, talks with Marco Werman about the nod toward reform.