Kuwaiti Policewomen tasked with tackling “immoral” shopping malls behaviour

July 1, 2010

Kuwait has launched an all-women moral police whose tasks include a fight on genderqueers, transsexuals and transvestites, a Kuwaiti daily said.

“The special police force will patrol shopping centres and marina clubs throughout Kuwait and will chase women imitating men and men imitating women (transvestites),” Alam Al Yawm reported.

The policewomen, in their fight against “negative phenomena” will also focus on “flirtatious young men and women, beggars and rowdy people.”

According to the interior ministry, the aim is to help uphold local values and mores and protect people from immoral practices.

Open mixing of the sexes is not allowed in Kuwait or in the other Gulf countries. However, shopping malls are often used to meet members of the opposite sex. Traditional contacts through dropping a piece of paper with a mobile phone number have now evolved into using the power of Bluetooth technology.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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