Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have begun investigating 57 young men who were arrested on Thursday for flirting with girls at shopping centres in Mecca.
Coming back from a one day trip to Riyadh -not sure I could have stayed longer– I found the above piece of news interesting. Flirting could happen anywhere, let alone in Mecca! The question is what causes this flirting to get out of control and become an annoyance -try the harassment at Gulf Road and any Mall?
The conservative answer to this question is that it is a by product of the open society. If this is the case, then how do you explain the Mecca incident? Probably the liberal answer is closer to the truth which is due to the closing up and segregation of society. This explains why flirting and harassment happens in Kuwait and Saudi but not Dubai.