Saudi men complain of harassment by women
A mall in conservative Saudi Arabia has been hit by a spate of harassment cases, as a growing number of male shoppers make complaints about cat-calling and being followed by women.
There have been 16 cases so far at one of the largest malls in Jeddah, one of Saudi Arabia’s more liberal cities, Makkah news reported this week.
Most of the complaints relate to verbal harassment, with Saudi Gazette saying men had complained to security staff about women calling out their names in public and following them between shops.
The mall’s general manager said CCTV footage appears to corroborate the men’s accusations.
The men did not file formal complaints fearing “social stigmatisation”, the newspaper reported.
Young Saudi men interviewed by the newspaper were aware of the trend – but said it was something Jeddah men “preferred not to discuss”.
The men also believed the solution was to enforce even stricter punishments and restrictions against women in public.
Most said they would simply walk away if pursued by a woman, while another joked they would inform the country’s notorious religious police.
And so much for sororal solidarity – one Saudi woman interviewed said she believed the wolf-whistling women were merely hoping to get a wedding proposal.
Despite strict gender
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