Monday, March 14, 2011

(By Zainab Das, Journalism Student, Dept of Media and Communications, Manipal University Dubai - Published: March 7, 2011 in Gulf News). 

Authorities must paint over the unsightly scenes and residents need to remain vigilant

* Published: March 7, 2011
* Graffiti is a common sight on building walls in Deira, Dubai according to
  Gulf News reader Zainab Das.
* Image Credit: Gulf News reader Zainab Das

While walking along the clean streets of Dubai, one may suddenly come across a disturbing sight. Vulgar graffiti is often scrawled all over building walls — specifically in Community 124, 13th Street, in the Muraqqabat area of Deira.

It has unfortunately become a common sight — graffiti defacing walls across the city. Families staying in such areas are often embarrassed when they go for a walk and come across such messages.

This is a product of anti-social behaviour by people who enjoy marring the city's clean image. Many a time such messages are not restricted to exterior walls but also to elevators in some residential buildings.

The same people also take absurd pleasure in scribbling crude messages on dusty cars.

These sights are an eyesore and set a bad example for young children in the neighbourhood. It also puts parents in an awkward position when children ask them what certain obscene messages mean.

I request Dubai Municipality and building owners to take action and cover up graffiti. I also request residents to get in touch with the authorities if they spot anyone defacing walls with crude messages.

— The reader is a student of Manipal University, Dubai