By Staff writer
Man in women’s clothing was arrested in Dammam area
Authorities in Saudi Arabia arrested a man caught cross-dressing as a woman in order to beg for money on Monday, it was reported.
According to Arabic daily Al Sharq, the unidentified individual was apprehended at a major road intersection in the Eastern Province city of Dammam.
Both cross-dressing and begging are illegal under Saudi law, although there is generally a significant upturn in the latter during Ramadan.
Saudi authorities said that they had arrested 210 beggars in Dammam during Ramadan this year. “The arrests included 107 women, 30 men and 73 children,” officials were quoted as saying by Al Sharq. “We have found out that the percentage of Saudi nationals were 27 percent while foreigners made up the remaining 73 percent.”
The majority of these arrests were made outside of mosques and at traffic intersections, the officials added.