Saudi order shops employing men and women to build segregation walls to keep them apart
London, Jan. 30 : Shops in Saudi Arabia have been ordered to construct walls to separate male and female employees in accordance with the country's strict vice laws.
The wall needs to be at least 5ft 3in high and will keep staff from seeing and communicating with workers of the opposite sex.
According to the Daily Mail, the move comes after Saudi Arabia's strict interpretation of Islam, which prohibits men and women who are not immediate relatives from socialising.
The news comes only days after the religious police, known as the Mutawa, said there would be no punishment for men who frequently visited shopping malls and public spaces in their underwear.
Despite complaints about the new trend, Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice spokesman Najm Al Dhufairi dismissed rumours of a ban of the practice, leaving it up to shopping centre security whether they deem it inappropriate.
Women also need permission from a male relative or their husband to work, travel, study or marry in the country, the report added.