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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Women pictured on pharmaceuticals: Haraam!

The Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has a website, so we can see every day what they consider newly forbidden for all Saudi citizens.

Today's evil? It appears that some pharmaceutical companies try to make their packaging attractive, and some will put pictures of people on the packages. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, as long as the people pictures aren't - shhh! - women.

Eastern Conference [of the Muttawa?] demanded that the Ministry of Health needs to blur the images of Saudi girls on packages of medicines in circulation in the Saudi markets, according to an order issued by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.

Issued by the Abdullah Al-Qahtani, resulting Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs in the Eastern Conference, addressed to the Saudi Minister of Health, the need to develop [means to cover up] outrageous photos on packages of medicine.

Attributing the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice of Saudi Chambers of resolution after noting the spread of the phenomenon of using pictures of girls in the pharmaceutical packaging principles that degrades the image of women of their dignity, pointing out that this matter is contrary to the provisions of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta Saudi Arabia in the sixth paragraph of the Committee Legality of the controls.

He says «that the presentation of semi-nude pictures of women in the form of drug posters is an affront to women, not to mention it being a taboo with dignity, and participates in the men living, why make cheap commodity is traded and become designed this way, legitimate and consistent with our tradition to respect the feelings of people frequent and obscure Photo against morality and religion ».

The ads prompted major global pharmaceutical companies infuriated the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, which called urgently to take the necessary precautions, and tighten control over the medical products offering semi-nude pictures of girls in indecent assault and public morals.

It sounds like they may be also upset over ads for drugs, not just packaging.