‘Human Hand Sanitizer’ Pictures Go Viral, Saudi Aramco Faces Backlash
CoronaVirus – an ongoing pandemic has spread rapidly throughout the world. To take preventative measures, various workplaces have taken different steps to limit the spreading of the virus within their premises.
A recent post went viral on social media after Saudi company, state-owned oil-giant Aramco had a migrant worker serving as a human hand sanitizer.
The worker who appears to be of South Asian origin, can be seen wearing a big white box that dispenses an antiseptic hand sanitizer.
The pictures went viral over the internet as different employees can be seen using the dispenser to sanitize their hands.
The concept was met with heavy criticism from people all over, considering how extremely disrespectful the notion is to a migrant worker.
The pictures also sparked a debate about the fate of such workers in Saudi Arabia.
The practice was condemned by renowned journalists, human rights activists as well.
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) March 11, 2020
Bless the uncle who had to endure this obscene level of humiliation.
A South Asian worker in Saudi Arabia was forced to walk round the Aramco offices wearing a large hand sanitizer.
— Areeb Ullah #GetVaccinated (@are_eb) March 10, 2020
Aramco soon issued a public apology after they received major backlash on social media.
إشارة إلى الصور المتداولة في وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي لأحد الزملاء مرتدياً ما يشبه عبوة للتعقيم في أحد مرافقها، تود #أرامكو السعودية أن تعرب عن استيائها الشديد من هذا التصرف المسيء الذي أريد به التأكيد على أهمية التعقيم، دون أخذ موافقة من الجهة المعنية بالشركة.
— أرامكو (@Saudi_Aramco) March 10, 2020
“Saudi Aramco would like to express its extreme dismay at this offensive behavior that was aimed at emphasizing the importance of sterilization, this was taken without the approval of the concerned company.”
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