Dec 22, 2019: MDL beast was the biggest all-times hit of any concert in Saudi Arabia as it drew more than 400,000 people.
However, after the event, many harassment cases were reported by women which resulted in as many as 98 arrests for indecent dressing and harassment.
There is no doubt about the success of the event as people at large and especially youngsters showed their interest in it.
ماذا لو أصبح الرسول في شَوارعنا اليوم
أيُصدِّق بأننا أمته اللتي بَكَى من أجلها؟
" اللهم يا مقلب القلوب والابصار ثبت قلوبنا على دينك " pic.twitter.com/MOt6pA2sHf
— ذكر 📚 (@d3wah_a) December 22, 2019
It is due to the MDL beast and Riyadh Season that hotels in Riyadh have achieved the highest occupancy rate in the last 12 years. However, it also highlighted some black sheep of society.
After the event, hundreds of women, men, and the disabled broke their silence by showcasing the assault on them on Twitter with the hashtag of “Harassment MDL Beast”.
— عبدالله العيسى (@abufahad3030) December 22, 2019
“I hated the crowd, the level of sexual harassment at that concert was just ridiculous. Like, so ridiculous,” she said in the video.
In this regard, the Saudi authorities have taken an action by arresting 38 people for harassing women and 60 people for wearing indecent clothing at the Riyadh MDL beast out of which 37 are women.
— حيف (@kiIIedd) December 24, 2019
The arrests were made by implementing the bylaw for maintaining public decorum, approved by the Council of Ministers in its decision No. 444 dated April 10, 2019 corresponding to Sha’ban 4, 1440. — SPA
— الوطن اليوم (@alwatantoday5) December 17, 2021
The MDL beast has convened again in 2021 and this time 700,000 people attended it. However, no sexual harassment or indecent clothing case was reported this time.