Tweet calling Saudi women 'prostitutes' sparks online fury

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 04, 2012 07:20 hrs

Manama: Anger swelled in the Saudi blogosphere after a blogger posted a tweet calling local women working in fast-food restaurants as "prostitutes."

"You should stop corrupting the society. We will be your enemies on Resurrection Day. Our women are now waitresses at Hardee's in Jeddah," Gulf News quoted the blogger, as posting in a tweet.

The tweet reportedly sparked outrage on the Saudi internet as web users called for punitive action against the blogger and supported the call by the legal consultant to take legal action for "insulting the Saudi women."

According to the report, a Saudi legal consultant called on local working women to sue the blogger for his post.

"Those who felt insulted by the tweet targeting their honour and dignity should go to the court and demand the application of the law dealing with IT crimes in Saudi Arabia. The law is also intended to protect public interests, ethics and morals, as well as the national economy. The law thus criminalises assaulting or defaming people or targeting their private lives," he said.

Action against violators includes a maximum of one year in prison and fines of up to 500,000 riyals (Dh489,711), he added.

A woman reportedly blasted the blogger for his remark, followed by several others on social media, but he insisted on his view, the report said.

"A waitress at the beginning of the work shift, and a prostitute at the end. The frequent mixing of women with men leads them to sitting together easily and to dating," he wrote. 

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