Saudi women are harassed by men in malls, on parking lots, waiting for taxis – just about anywhere they go

We’ve said it many, many times but will repeat it once more: the burka has nothing to do with religion. It’s merely a rape protector. If you don’t wear it, you are basically accused of inviting rape. And rape they know and do all the time in islamic countries.

An entire lifetime bending over to their warlord has not made them even one ounce more humanized. They can’t leave anything alone be it a young boy, a goat, a child or a woman. Women can’t walk and be left in peace in malls without being stalked and harassed. The situation is so bad that young men can’t even enter malls at any or all opening hours, and try and bribe security guards and lure they way in. Women are also harassed riding in cars, in taxis, in food stores, picking their children up from school. So why is there no honor murder of the men??

Here in the video below, they are even harassed when going to their car. And anyone who has been to Saudi Arabia know how Saudi men are notorious for pocket pinball as soon as any female comes around. Some even masturbate in public. It’s really revolting. These people are the biggest hypocrites on earth.

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Dhahran harassment incident sparks outrage

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A screengrab of a video posted on YouTube shows an unidentified man harassing young ladies at the parking lot of Dhahran Mall in the Eastern Province.

Jeddah/Dhahran: Abdullah Al-Bargi & Saeed Al-Asmari

Published — Thursday 24 October 2013

A group of young women were repeatedly harassed Tuesday by men at a Dhahran mall, triggering an angry wave of reaction across the country against it.

The two-minute video shows a group of five young women wearing black abayas and headscarves being harassed by a countless number of young men at the Mall of Dhahran.

The men were making funny moves at their victims and verbally abusing them during the terrifying and intimidating chase to the parking lot of the mall. One woman tried to fight back by kicking one of her attackers after he had grabbed her hands in an attempt to hold her tight.

He backed off. “You said you had a knife, show it to me,” the attacker said. “Don’t beat them. Stay away, it is my turn,” another attacker said as he prepared to join his accomplice in the physical and verbal attack.

Bystanders watched the entire episode in shock.

The women appeared defiant until they pulled together to run away in the parking a lot.

The Eastern Province police said on Wednesday that they are aware of the video and they would analyze it to identify the harassers, describing the incident as “inappropriate behavior.”

When identified, the harassers will be summoned and investigated by the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, said Lt. Col. Zayad Al-Ruqaiti, spokesman of the Eastern Province Police. No official notification has been received from the women or the mall management, he said.

The chairman of the Eastern Province Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Hai’a has contacted the governor of Alkhobar to arrest the harassers and take necessary legal actions, said Dibaikhi Al-Dibaikhi, spokesman of the Eastern Province Hai’a.

The Mall of Dhahran where the incident took place appeared to have loose security on Wednesday during a tour by Arab News, which might have let the incident go out of control at the mall exit gate. Mansor Al-Haqas, security manager at the mall, said “I didn’t see the video but the incident didn’t take place inside the mall.”

The incident, which was caught on video camera and went viral on social media websites over the past two days, has revived calls for taking street harassment seriously through enacting and enforcing strict law against harassers.

A Twitter hashtag for the incident has received an avalanche of public anger and contempt for this “ugly behavior of a group of scumbags,” said Ali Al-Dhab’an, calling on authorities to identify the harassers and bring them to justice.

There is an urgent need for clear-cut harassment laws like in any other country to ward off such unacceptable behaviors, said Saeed Al-Naji and Saleh Al-Ghamdi on their comments on the hashtag.

“It looks like education has failed to instill a sense of morality in these young men and there is a dire need now for strict harassment laws,” said an anonymous blogger. “In absence of the fear of Allah, self-esteem, and strict harassment laws, these young men found no deterrence,” said another one.

This incident is the first to spark public outrage after the 2005 harassment attack by four men on a group of women in Riyadh, which was caught on video as well. The men were identified and brought to justice. They received jail term sentences and lashes.

Saudi Arabia registered 2,797 harassment cases against women in 2012, involving 60 percent Saudi offenders and 40 percent foreigners living in the Kingdom, according to a media report published in August. Riyadh ranked first with 650 cases, followed by Jeddah with 250, the Eastern Province with 210, Makkah with 180, Madinah with 170, and other cases across the country.
Saudi lawyer Bayan Zahran said that there are no harassment laws set in stone in Saudi Arabia, but rather discretionary determined by the judge based on the case context.

“What we saw in the video is a group harassment and terror in front of everybody,” she said.

She urged any women experiencing any type of harassment to report it immediately to the police and get the support needed from their families and society. She called for tight security and monitoring of areas of large gatherings such as malls to prevent such incidents from occurrence.

Society should give women the confidence needed to protect themselves and develop their own personality in the face of danger, she added.

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