February 21, 2007
To Help or Not To Help
I never thought about it until...
A few months back a 26 year old American woman i know told me her story
I was really hungry, and it was around midnight, so i decided to leave my hawalli apartment and drive to the restaurant street to buy shawermas. After i bought my dinner, i noticed a car with two men following me. I stopped at a red traffic light and one of the men got out of the car and came knocking on my window, i ignored him and as soon as the traffic light turned green i sped off. They were still following me, so i didn't want to drive back home, instead i headed towards Plaza mall salmiya. Costa coffee there was crowded, many men in (making a hand gesture over her head to indicate a ghetra) were having coffee outside, and i saw a security guard. so i thought it would be safe to wait a while in the parking lot till the two men drove off. I parked my car and started stuffing my face with my shawerma. I rolled down my window to throw out the wrapper, when the guy from the car appeared out of no where and grabbed me. He opened the car door and pulled me out. I started screaming!! HELP !! HEELLLP! The guy started hitting me, trying to get me into his car! I could smell alcohol on his breath! He beat me so hard, on my face, my stomach, he started grabbing my private parts. I begged for help, but no one moved a muscle! The security guard was right there!
I don't know how I did it, but i managed to wrestle free and get in my car. i sped off and went to the police station. Where the cops where of no help at all, they could hardly speak English, they were rude and openly mocking me and laughing at me!
Now i wont get into the fact that our police force has a lot of short comings, i was extremely surprised/shocked/ashamed, that such a thing happened in Kuwait, and that NO ONE not one person tried to help that poor woman. Not even the security guard, who's job title apparently is just a decoration.
I apologize to that poor woman on behalf of the so called men that were sitting there enjoying their coffee while she got beat up by a drunk!