Saturday, August 07, 2004

Photo taking? Its a deportable offence!

Expat Woman Expelled for Taking Wedding Photos
Staff Writer

JEDDAH, 2 August 2004 — An expatriate woman, who was held for taking photographs of female participants at a wedding ceremony in the Baha region, has been deported, Al-Madinah newspaper reported yesterday. The paper said the action was taken on the instructions of Baha Governor Prince Muhammad ibn Saud who has banned taking photographs of women at wedding halls using mobile phones and other cameras.

The woman was caught red-handed by female officials of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the paper said.

The commission has confiscated and destroyed photographs taken by the woman from nearly 100 wedding ceremonies at the rate of SR7,000 each.

The commission's branch office in the region has instructed female officials of wedding halls to prevent use of cameras inside them.

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