A Saudi self-help author has taken to Twitter, urging people to molest female workers in an attempt to make them stay home and guard their chastity.
With more than 97,000 followers, Abdullah Mohammad Al Dawood, author of “The Joy of Talking,” tweeted under the hashtag #harass_female_cashiers. As someone who is against the Westernized, mix-gender environment, his aim is to make working in Saudi grocery stores unbearable for women.
Conservative Muslim cleric Khalid Ebrahim Al Saqabi endorsed Al Dawood’s campaign against female workers.
“Why is the labour minister concerned with finding jobs for women instead of men?” Al Saqabi said.
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Al Dawood’s tweet got mixed responses. Some supported his cause and others were disgusted. One user, Waleed Al Khawaji, tweeted: “What kind of person urges the youth to commit debauchery?”
He justified his calls against female works by referencing an obscure story in the annals of Islamic history about a warrior in the 7th century who did not want his wife to leave home to pray in the mosque. The warrior, Al Zubair, hid in the dark and molested his wife in the street to teach her a lesson about leaving the house and venturing into public. “There is no safer place than home and the out there is corrupt,” his wife decided.