Saudi Arabia sexual harassment video sparks social media outrage

A screen grab of the video showing a man in a scuffle with a woman in Saudi Arabia. (Photo Courtesy: Arab News)

A video purporting to show a group of men sexually harassing women in an eastern province of Saudi Arabia sparked outrage on Wednesday on social media.

It led many social media users to call for harsher laws punishing sexual harassment in the kingdom.

The video shows a group of men chasing women in what seems to be a car park, with an apparent scuffle going on between the two groups.

A police spokesman for the province in question told Al Arabiya that they have seen the video and will analyze it to identify the harassers, describing the incident as “inappropriate behavior.”

A Twitter hashtag for the incident has opened the debate on the issue of sexual harassment in Saudi Arabia.

However, former judge and member of the Shura Council Mohammad al-Dahim told Al Arabiya that sexual harassment is not a phenomenon that occurs in Saudi Arabia, even if it appears so on social media.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40