The “Hisba”, literally translating to “accountability”, is the group’s religious police. They patrol the streets looking for anything that they see as “prohibited”. One dissident talks about what he saw about the way they enforced the law on citizens.
A former militant described the abuse of power and cruelty used by the Hisba, and how they would use their positions to gain the upper hand in personal grudges they had with residents.
He also talks about how people were punished without trial; he mentions an example of how a woman who had part of her hair showing was immediately beaten on the street, and says that this kind of behaviour is not uncommon among the Hisba.