Manama: A young Kuwaiti crossdresser was arrested by police after he entered a women-only lingerie shop.

A female shopper, shocked by the presence of a man wearing women’s clothes and heavy makeup, told him to leave the premises, saying he had no right to be there.

However, the crossdresser objected and insisted he was entitled to be in the shop, located in the posh Salmiya area in Kuwait City.

A saleswoman had to call the police to end the dispute, local Arabic daily Al Rai reported.

The crossdresser was eventually taken by the police to the station. He is accused of crossdressing and getting involved in a fight in a public place.

Kuwait, like the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, prohibits crossdressing in public and media often report police swoops and court cases against those who break the rules.

Some of the online comments on the fight called for allocating special areas, mainly in remote places, for “soft men” where they could wear their makeup and transgender clothes.