Manama: A move by some restaurants in Saudi Arabia to ban women from their premises has drawn praise and criticism on social networks.

As “Women are not allowed” signs have been spotted in front of some restaurants in the kingdom, people took to the social networks to express their displeasure or their satisfaction with the merit and implication of the unusual situation.

National Society for Human Rights Secretary General Khalid Al Fakhri called for their immediate removal, saying that the restaurant owners acted on their own discretion and insisting that they broke the law, Al Hayat daily reported. One restaurant owner said he felt the need to ban women from the premises as a strict policy in order to avoid possible problems following a series of harassment cases.

Saudis in posts on social networks welcomed the move, explaining that the presence of women in restaurants “caused several social issues.”

Writing under the moniker of “Capable Politician”, a blogger said that some women behaved in a shocking way. “She would come in alone and focuses on her mobile from which emanates loud music,” he wrote. “She then takes out a cigarette and upsets other guests who may call in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. This could cause problem for the restaurant. So the best thing is to keep women away from restaurants unless they have a male custodian. That way the restaurant is not shut down because of the misbehaviour of an adolescent or mentally unstable woman,” he said, local news site Al Marsad reported on Sunday.

Another blogger, Talal, said that the restaurant managers were right to protect themselves from possible social issues… see more

source: gulfnews