Saudi Men complain of harassment by women

Saudi Men complain of harassment by women

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Saudi women waiting for their drivers outside a shopping mall in Riyadh FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images

An increasing  number of male shoppers have made complains at one of the biggest shopping centers in Jeddah,Saudi Arabia; about cat-calling and being followed by women.

According to the Saudi Gazette, most of the complaints relate to verbal harassment, and that the  men had complained to security staff about women calling out their names in public and following them between shops.

As per the mall’s general manager Ryan Kaddouri, CCTV footage appears to corroborate the men’s accusations and the videos were handed to the police for an investigation.

There have been 16 cases officially reported so far at one of the largest malls in Jeddah, one of Saudi Arabia’s more liberal cities, Makkah news reported this week.

The newspaper suggests the men did not file formal complains because they feared “social stigmatization”.

Young Saudi men interviewed by the newspaper were aware of the trend – but said it was something they “preferred not to discuss”.

Most said they would simply walk away if pursued by a woman, while another joked they would inform the country’s notorious religious police.

Like many Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia has no laws against harassment and so most cases go unreported.