I sometimes am forced to ponder whether Saudi Arabia is as safe for women as it was when I landed here in the late 90s for the first time.I have seen the country’s progress over the years especially in the field of education but feel dejected when it comes to the point of application on part of the youth of this blessed land.Some of the primates could show better signs of decency than these spoiled brats.They seem to be completely inebriated and engulfed in the enjoyment of their voyeurism.
Reports in the local newspapers are continuously making way to the readers thereby alerting and informing them about the condition prevalent in the Kingdom.According to an Arab News report,a victim says “Shabab (young men) on the streets are getting bolder and it is unsafe for women to take cabs or even be alone in a car without the fear of being followed or harassed.”Another mention about the same subject presents even more appalling circumstances.I read how a mother and her young daughter were chased and harassed on one of the streets of Jeddah for almost an hour.When they tried calling for a cab,these lecherous young males prevented the cab driver from picking them up and scared him away.The same news story had a comment that attracted my attention and staggered me to say the least.I felt as if there was yet another harasser sitting in the commentators list.He says “The women and her daughter were pushed to the limits as is described.But still it didnt create a sympathizing effect rather it tickled my predative instincts.It created a flash imagination for me:
I can see a slightly fat woman in a body-fit abaya with a young and heavily dosed with make-up woman with only her nose covered partially, and casting that special victoria secrets look from the corner of her so called veil.Boy, the fun the guys must have had….. I can imagine and I also believe that there is also something which the daughter is hiding.I may feel sorry for the women in general but at the same time we gotta laugh too.”Its just pathetic.I don’t understand how not do such men think of their own mothers and sisters being in a similar situation.Will he even revel,God forbid,if something even close to it happens with his family?Definitely not.
The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Arabia) or the Hai’a has somewhat put brakes on such activities at those places where women were harassed more frequently like malls,beaches,parks etc.The responsibility of this committee is to patrol the streets and ensure proper dress codes,separation of men and women and see whether the menfolk are at the Mosque when it is the time for prayer.But still I would want some more attention to be paid on this issue so that our sisters may be bulwarked by any kind of mistreatment.We also know how much respect and honor Islam has for women.But still,people blatantly desecrate its commandments,that too in an Islamic country being well aware of the consequences that they may be faced with if they continue.I myself have observed on streets and in the ever-lustrous malls how men conduct themselves on getting even the slightest glimpse of that black abaya(an apparel for women over the normal clothing).They are ready to ogle at you if at some point you are unfortunately destined to pass by.I even come across instances when helpless women on the busy roads face these scurrilous men who try to offer them a conveyance and honk unnecessarily,when in fact there is no need for it.My heart really goes out to those sisters who are confronted with these pernicious situations.
I recently created a group on facebook with the name ‘We are against the harassment of women in Saudi Arabia and world over’.I would be happy if it helps in the cause to any extent in the future and request you all to join it.I pray and hope that this no longer remains a pedestrian sight not only in Saudi Arabia but the world over.