A married Gay couple arrested by HAIA (Mutawwas) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

There is no concept of gay’s rights in Saudi Arabia. There are punishments for homosexuality with the death penalty or capital punishment. Punishments could be jail and even public executions, whipping/flogging. It is seen as an immoral and indecent activity, and there are several laws those punish acts of homosexuality or cross-dressing.

The criminal penalties are enforced regularly and strictly against Saudi citizens as well as expats working here in the Kingdom. Recently a case on gay marriage has been reported in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Religious police searched an apartment after a video circulated on social media about an unofficial gay marriage.[irp]

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice also known as HAIA is the religious police in Saudi Arabia to enforce Sharia Law. In the capital city of Saudi Arabia, two gay men were arrested by the Saudi security officials while searching an apartment where they were living as wedded couples.

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (HAIA) has arrested these gay men as they had secretly married to each other. It is reported in a local newspaper on Tuesday that the HAIA members took action based on the news on social media; they headed to the flat here in Al-Quds locality.

There are further reports that the Commission detected the mobiles of the convicts. There are so many pictures and video clips of the so called wedding parties and guests who were dressed in women’s get ups such as clothes and makeup.

It is stated in the reports that the two persons in the police custody were not married and rest of the two having age of 28 years were married. When the police raided the flat, the men 28 years of age revealed that their marriage was held a few days back at a rest area on the southern side of the city, and at that time they moved in with each other.

The men also confessed that they had attended several similar parties in a local neighborhood which was attended by so many gay people. These weddings had been documented which had been circulated on social media websites such as Snap chat.

They stated they were using the flat as their home. The anonymous sources told to news site Sabq that when the secret security authorities raided the flat, they found two of the guys who were busy in removing the fake girly parts such as breasts which they were wearing.[irp]

The sources said that numerous ladies’ costumes and girly things, such as wigs, bags, shoes, fake breasts with four bottles of locally made liquor were found during a raid on the flat. The reports about guy's wedding parties quickly went viral on Saudi media.

Source: Arab News

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.