This just couldn’t get any worse.
A Saudi cleric and writer Abdullah Mohamed al-Dawood urged his Twitter followers to attack women working as cashiers in grocery store.
Women in Saudi Arabia are generally subjugated and are not allowed to walk freely in public without a ‘Mahram’ (her husband or any unmarriageable kin). But recently they were allowed to work in shops by the authorities, a decision which has caused quite a lot of negative reaction from conservatives in the country.
Abdullah Mohamed al-Dawood used an Arabic hashtag on Twitter that said (sexually) harass_female_cashiers to discourage working women.
It goes without saying that it was a (beyond) vile thing to say, and to say that publicly on Twitter was supremely shameless. As a writer I am restricted to ethics but I guess it would be sufficient to say that this man has some serious issues.
As his despicable campaign was being promoted on Twitter, Abdullah Mohamed al-Dawood has received and is constantly receiving a strong backlash from users (who have morals and values even if not religious ones).
Saudi writer Abdullah Mohammad al-Dawood urged his Twitter followers to harass working women to force them to stay home. What a vile mind.— Derek Ababon (@derek_ababon) May 30, 2013
Dear Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood seek help now! Seek help before it is too late! Seek help! Seek help! Seek help! #harass_female_cashiers #— Mike V. Derderian (@mikevderderian) May 30, 2013
So this Abdullah Mohammad al Dawood guy encourages men to sexually molest women in order to keep them indoors?Utterly baffled.— Siddika (@siddikag) May 30, 2013
Advocate of female molestation, Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood, has also written a self-help book. Who would seek his advice, I have to wonder.— Rimmel Mohydin (@Rimmel_Mohydin) May 29, 2013
The doors of Jahanam are wide open and ready for you Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood #harass_female_cashiers— ummu (@ummutaj) May 29, 2013
The same cleric in February this year had emerged in the news when a video of his interview in which he remarked that baby girls should wear burkas to keep them safe from abuse! A Twitter user quite rightly wrote that “No one is destroying the image of Islam more than its supposed staunchest defenders.” Men like him will never let women in Saudi Arabia to emerge as independent and functional citizens of the country.