Fe­male cops and education to tackle of­fences

7 Days in Dubai - - SPECIAL REPORT -

More women po­lice of­fi­cers on the streets and be­ing taught from a young age to re­spect oth­ers were among the sug­ges­tions from 7DAYS read­ers as to how to tackle street ha­rass­ment. Some women even sug­gested car­ry­ing pep­per spray, which can be bought in the shops, but could re­sult in trou­ble with the law. Hanna Sharabaika wrote on the 7DAYS Face­book page: “In Bur Dubai, Satwa, Deira, Shar­jah, the sit­u­a­tion is re­ally bad and men go wild there, it’s like a daily en­ter­tain­ment for them... they need to learn some lessons... it would be amaz­ing if women po­lice of­fi­cers could go through Deira and ar­rest some men who can­not be­have, so oth­ers would be afraid to do the same.” Lea Donguines said that just be­ing aware there is a ha­rass­ment penalty as­sured her that the law is on her side. And Sameer Ahmed wrote on Face­book: “Pep­per spray and red chili pow­der can be a life saver... but please, please, please all woman do in­form the po­lice about these ha­rass­ments.” Zoubiya Ahmed said be­ing “street smart” and not ig­no­rant of po­ten­tial risks can avoid many sit­u­a­tions. She said: “If your in­tu­ition says you’re be­ing fol­lowed or you feel some­one has a chance to has­sle you, you could walk past a se­cu­rity guard. “Move in a way to di­vert their at­ten­tion from you to some­thing dif­fer­ent, send­ing a clear mes­sage that you won’t ac­cept their ha­rass­ment.” And Josephine Le­jholm said: “This coun­try is still one of the safest, but we shouldn’t ig­nore street ha­rass­ment and let it be­come the norm here.”

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