Mall harassment generates large number of tweets

Mall harassment generates large number of tweets
Updated 18 March 2014

Mall harassment generates large number of tweets

Mall harassment generates large number of tweets

Some young Saudi men were filmed harassing and bothering five Saudi women at a mall in the Eastern Province. The video was uploaded on YouTube and shared on social media platforms, gaining over 800,000 views in four days.
The two-minute video shows a group of men verbally harassing women at the gate of one of the malls in Dhahran and following them to the parking area. One of the young men approached a woman, tried to touch her and got into a fistfight with two of them. This did not stop the men from approaching the group. The women can be heard screaming; asking the men to leave, but this did not stop them. The YouTube video was shot by one of the men who were harassing the women.
On Twitter, Saudis started an Arabic hashtag to spread the video in hopes it would reach someone who knows the harassers and would come forward with information about them. The information is needed to report the incident to the police and file a lawsuit. Many shared the video, other shared photos while some just tweeted comments.
Twitter subscriber @tomi_don tweeted, “I wish the Saudi authorities would apply the hardest punishments to teach them a lesson and to make other men give a second thought before doing the same.”
@alshaikhmhmd agreed with him, saying, “If the police catch those boys, they have to defame them in public. I think it is the best way to limit this kind of act.”
@Dribraheemzamzami added, “Trust completely in the authorities that are working day and night to provide us with complete security. But society individuals also have a major role in helping to find the offenders.”
@ejasser wrote, “Advise from the reality we live in: Men, don’t leave your family at the mall alone. Not because you don’t trust them, because you need to protect them.
@minie tweeted, “The police arrested three of the men, now we want to know what will happen to them. Other people should know that this is a big deal and the authorities will not tolerate such act.”