Hong Kong woman sparks online controversy over publicly shaming man for “staring” at women in Tseung Kwan O

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13th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) A Hong Kong woman uploaded in a Facebook group multiple photos of a man who allegedly sits in the same spot every morning, fixating on women, particularly those wearing short skirts. The woman expressed her discomfort with his behaviour and warned other women to be cautious.

According to the post, the woman observed the man at a 7-Eleven store in Tseung Kwan O between 8am and 8.20am, focusing his attention on female passersby. She claimed that during one instance, the man even stared at a female high school student until she was out of sight.

The woman mentioned that she now takes an alternate route to avoid encountering the man and urged fellow women to be vigilant.

The photos reveal the man wearing a red short-sleeved shirt and a cap with a visor. Whenever a woman walks by, his gaze follows her direction, although it is unclear if he actually stares at the women in question.

The post ignited a heated discussion among netizens. Some expressed gratitude to the woman for her warning, questioning whether the man’s behaviour could be classified as voyeurism. However, a significant number of users criticised the woman for engaging in public judgment, asking, “Is it forbidden to stare now?” and defending the man’s right to observe others. They argued that being a regular man in Hong Kong is already challenging and mocked the woman, stating, “You’re publicly judging others, but who knows if you’ll end up being judged?”

Faced with a barrage of criticism, the woman responded with a lengthy update, urging netizens to consider others’ feelings. She clarified, “As I usually commute at this time, I noticed his behaviour. It’s uncomfortable when someone keeps staring at you as you pass by. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes; if your girlfriend or wife were subjected to constant scrutiny, many men would find it objectionable.” She also admitted hesitating before posting about the incident but justified her actions, citing the man’s excessive behaviour and the need to inform other women to be cautious.