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Recently a woman was arrested for harassing men in Jeddah Corniche. Sitting on the back seat of the car the girl was identified as Manal, her friend use to call her by that name. She was filmed talking to men through the open window of her car back seat and was also seen smoking some electronic cigarettes and was continuously harassing men verbally.
The clip that was shared on Snapchat and later it started circulating Twitter showed the defendants and also those who appeared to communicate with her in the Saudi dialect. It can also be seen in the video that the defendant is seen uninterested in her friend’s saying and keep her focus on the men walking by.
In one instance she is also heard commenting on a woman passing by saying, “if her abaya was pretty I would have flirted with her.”
فتاة تتحرش "لفظيا" بالشباب على كورنيش #جدة!
برأيكم لماذا انتشرت مثل هذه الممارسات "الخادشة للحياء" بشكل ملحوظ في الفترة الأخيرة؟! pic.twitter.com/j4mXr0o3VK
— حقوق الضعوف (@hukusfof) November 19, 2019
She is a Pakistani descent
Authorities claimed that the woman is Pakistani descent and works in the Kingdom as a beautician. Some sources also claimed that the women escaped to Medina with her friend after the backlash was generated by the footage. However, she was arrested in Madinah and was referred to legal authorities for investigation.
She posted an apology on Twitter
It is also said that before her arrest a video claiming a woman apology circulated on Twitter. The video showed a woman crying and defending herself saying her intentions were not to offend anyone with her actions. Nevertheless, the accuracy of this video being attributed to her is yet not confirmed.
— السعودية (@KSA) November 20, 2019
On the other side, the public reactions continued to pour during this happening and many were relaxed after her detainment claiming that she violated the rules and regulations of the Kingdom and some said that she should be tried under Saudi’s decency laws which officially took effect last month.
She will be fined heavily
According to the Saudi decency law, the woman will be fined up to SR5,000 as it stated the confirmed fine for any unpleasant act to the public for the first time. This article is set to idealize the morals behaviors of the public in order to reflect the country’s social norms, values, and identity.