Saudi Arabia approves law criminalizing sexual harassment

May 31, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Jeddah, (UNA-OIC) – The Saudi Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday a law criminalizing sexual harassment in the Kingdom, SPA reported.

The weekly session of the Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in Jeddah, backed the legislation, which requires a royal decree to become law.

The draft law, which was approved on Monday by the Saudi Shoura Council, introduces a jail sentence of up to five years and a SR300,000 ($80,000) fine.

(The legislation) aims at combating the crime of harassment, preventing it, applying punishment against perpetrators and protecting the victims in order to safeguard the individual’s privacy, dignity and personal freedom which are guaranteed by Islamic Shariah regulations, a statement from the Shoura Council said.

Source: International Islamic News Agency