Man in abaya arrested for ‘molesting women’ in Makkah mosque

Published: April 20, 2015

DUBAI: A man who disguised himself as a woman by wearing a traditional black abaya was arrested for allegedly molesting women at a mosque in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Gulf News reported.

The man was arrested following a complaint that ‘a woman’ would enter the bathroom of Jaarana Mosque and behave in an odd manner. The complaint was made to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — the religious police.

The suspect – who is said to be in his 30s and is yet to be identified — allegedly sexually harassed other women during ablutions, preceding the prayers.

Authorities began monitoring the mosque following the complaint, noticed a ‘woman’, behaving suspiciously, leave the building. Suspect was then seen heading towards a car with tinted windows, parked near the mosque and got into the back.

Upon closer inspection, the suspect was seen taking off the abaya, prompting law enforcers to arrest him and seize the garment, it said.

This article originally appeared in Gulf News.

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  • Saudis in Audis
    Apr 20, 2015 - 10:45PM

    So have all the women he molested been arrested and charged with indecency and been stoned to death yet?Recommend

  • Umair Babar Chishti
    Apr 20, 2015 - 11:38PM

    I wish I had died before hearing thisRecommend

  • gul
    Apr 21, 2015 - 12:42AM

    @Umair Babar Chishti:
    I wish I could answer to your wish but these admins don’t publish my comments.Recommend

  • fawad
    Apr 21, 2015 - 2:33AM

    @Umair Babar Chishti:
    just kidding, but you still got time.Recommend

  • Idiot Saudis
    Apr 21, 2015 - 6:21AM

    do they not know how to use their hand. sick pervert people..Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 21, 2015 - 11:02AM

    He must be beheaded…..
    He must be beheaded…..
    He must be beheaded…..

  • singh
    Apr 21, 2015 - 12:14PM

    These type of people are everywhere.@Umair Babar Chishti: Recommend

  • Apr 21, 2015 - 4:44PM

    He needs to undergo psychological tests to evaluate his state of mind and the reason behind his disguise. It’s possible that he is a voyeur(people obtaining pleasure through seeing women in their privacy). Anyway, he is a pathetic case and needs to be indoctrinated.Recommend

  • wth
    Apr 21, 2015 - 10:15PM

    What a sick man. Saudis, take action! Recommend

  • Shahriar
    Apr 24, 2015 - 8:05AM

    Great! Now narrow minded perverts have the utmost privilege to enter the mosque in disguise and molest women!
    And moreover, where?…In the holy soil of Mecca!
    Either it’s a lack of morality or lack of apprehension which is the driving force here; pathetic display of consciousness!Recommend

  • Milind
    Jun 26, 2015 - 2:05PM

    Nothing to be surprised about.. When you lock all your women up, some psychos tend to go haywire & perverted.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jun 26, 2015 - 6:24PM


    You name suggests you are Indian. You in India don’t lock your women up and look you still have the highest rape rate in the country. It has nothing to do with keeping women separate. Perverts will molest women no matter in which society they are in.Recommend

  • Anurag
    Jun 27, 2015 - 12:37AM

    @Lakhkar Khan:I agree that the comment by Milind was bizarre…
    But I don’t think you should get so worked up…earlier comment was not directed at Pakistan…You are absolutely right that perverts and sickos are present in all societies…Though I would like to correct rape rate statistic. Rape rate in India is very low(1.8/100000) when compared to many other countries like South Africa(119.4/100000) and Pakistan(28.8/100000).Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jun 28, 2015 - 11:01PM


    India is the rap capital of the world and I did not give it that title.

    Just curious where did you get the stats from? Recommend

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