Why are Saudi women telling stories of harassment in times of outbreak?

Why are Saudi women telling stories of harassment in times of outbreak?

Posted on Apr 8, 2020

Saudi women are currently sharing harassment cases on social media.

At a time when the outbreak of the Coronavirus has been the topic of social media worldwide, including in Saudi Arabia, according to a news agency Reuters report.

At present, Saudi women are sharing the injustice and self-harassment incidents with them.

Hashtags Didn't Report It  (Why not report it?) Is also being used when Saudi women are being harassed.

Saudi women use the hashtag to explain why they are silent on the issue of harassment and why they are currently reporting injustice.

A woman named Bella wrote in her tweet that her female friends had been punished when they identified the abuse she had committed, which led to her silence over the injustice she faced.

She admitted that she was treated unfairly but preferred to keep quiet.

A woman using an account on Twitter wrote that her father tortured her, expelled her from her home and lodged a complaint of police disobedience after which she was arrested.

Some women even said that it was difficult for them to raise their voices even when the person harassing them was a member of their family.

A user named Catalina wrote in her tweet, "I filed a harassment complaint with the police, but later the police started to force me to withdraw the charges against the person."

It is to be noted that the Saudi government also liberated women for the first time with the permission of male guardians.

In 2017, Saudi King issued a decree saying that women will no longer need to seek permission from a male guardian before going out for work.

The Saudi government also allowed women to vote and participate in elections for the first time in 2015.

In November last year, women's wrestling was also held for the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia and this year women were allowed to participate in card competitions.

Remember that in 2018, the Council of the Council of Saudi Arabia also approved a proposed law against harassment of women.


Mian Tajamul

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