AMMAN, Jordan (AP) Witnesses say a Jordanian woman ripped off her enveloping black cloak and veil
to reveal a traditional long dress that was nearly as enveloping and punched and kicked into submission three young men who had been verbally harassing her.
The official Petra News Agency reported Sunday that shopkeepers and passers-by believe the unidentified woman must have had martial arts training. In Friday’s incident on the main street in Zarqa 13 miles north Amman, the three men were too shocked to react at first and ended up knocked to the ground, screaming in pain. They then scrambled up and fled.
The woman quoted the title of a song made famous by the late Egyptian star Umm Kalthoum
— “patience has its limits” — before continuing on her way as a crowd cheered her.
Petra quoted witnesses as saying the three men had regularly directed obscenities at the woman as she walked in the area. It was not clear if they harassed other women as well.