Heat rises over ill-clad expatriate women
Scantily dressed expatriate women who are seen in increasing numbers in public places especially on the week-ends are offending cultural sensitivities says a report in the local Arabic daily Arrayah.
Many Qatari women have expressed disgust and dismay at this phenomenon.
“This is a fashion statement that is in total contrast to our traditional wear. What we wear is an expression of our commitment to the cultural and religious values which we dearly cherish. It is a bizarre sight to see in the malls and hypermarkets such women mingling with those who are fully covered. They attract the attention of men. And one has noticed very often men loitering around the ladies fitting rooms in large hypermarkets waiting to see women coming out in mini shorts or skirts!” said Umm Mohamed.
“It is rather surprising that some Arab expatriate women also tend to wear such clothes. When I politely tried to argue against this with one such lady she replied that she likes such clothing especially in the summer and her husband does not object to it,” said Umm Khalid, another Qatari woman.
There have been instances when gentle persuasion did not convince such women to leave the mall, the security staff had to intervene and evict them says the report.
A salesman in the ladies’ garment section of a popular hypermarket said that displaying mini skirts and shorts and matching blouses is a must because they are very much in demand.
Sheikh Tariq al-Kubaisi, a cleric said, “such clothing is a sign of loose morals and it must be checked by the authorities. It is strange that expatriate women who respected our tradition and our values until recently have now taken to this trend,” he added.
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