A video of a male cross-dresser walking outside a mall has gone viral in Saudi Arabia and was shared immediately by many. It was trending in Saudi and captured the attention of netizens.
The footage was captured outside Al Othaim Mall, a shopping centre in the Kingdom, he was seen wearing an abaya, heels and a red wig.
Most of the viewers expressed shocked, while some of them were outraged by the man’s actions and started hashtag: ‘Kill Al Othaim Mall’s gay man’.
However, few sensible messages flew in and defended the man and pointed out that the issue was blown out of proportion.
— الولاء لله (@naser199290) October 24, 2017
“This was captured outside Al Ihsaa’s Al Othaim Mall, I am shocked.”
— الشاعره :بنت النشامى (@faisshr2015) October 21, 2017
“May God rid us of these creatures.”
نعم يجب إقامة الحد عليه وعلى كل من حذا حذوه ليكون جزاء له وردع لأمثاله #اقتلوا_شاذ_العثيم_مول
— همة تعانق القمه (@6_bf) October 23, 2017
“Yes, he and anyone who cross-dresses should be sentenced to death. This would punish him for what he did and prevent others from following in his footsteps.”
يبغون يأذونه وهو ماسوا شيء غير لنفسه !! الدين مب كذا يافاهمين ، الدين نصح لو مانصحتوه ادعوله بالهديه #اقتلوا_شاذ_العثيم_مول
— @fvhda1 (@fvhda1) October 24, 2017
“People want to hurt this man when he didn’t even do anything to them!! This isn’t what religion tells us to do. Religion is about advising people, or praying that they find the right path.”
It should be noted that there are strict rules against cross-dressing across the GCC. Earlier in the year, Instagram personality King Luxy said he was arrested in Kuwait because he looked ‘too feminine’.
The countries impose strict rules and zero tolerance policies when it comes to members of the LGBT community.
A few months back, human rights activists from around the world had also reported the murder of two transgender Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia.
“Police allegedly killed 35-year-old Amna, and Meeno, 26, both Pakistanis, after raiding a house in Saudi Arabia and arresting 35 transgender people,” The Independent wrote at the time.
Recently, UAE sentenced two Singaporean (assigned at birth) males to a year in prison for dressing in feminine attire. Though, the sentence was withdrawn later, they both were deported from the country.