Saudi Arabia Seeks To Outlaw Sexual Harassment

Saudi Arabia Seeks To Outlaw Sexual Harassment
Saudi Arabia Seeks To Outlaw Sexual Harassment

Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, officials have disloced. This is coming less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving.

The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, approved a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a penalty of 300,000 riyals (US$80,000).

The draft bill “is a very important addition to the history of regulations in the kingdom”, Shura Council member Latifa al-Shaalan was quoted as saying in an information ministry statement.

“It fills a large legislative vacuum, and it is a deterrent,” she added.

The kingdom’s driving ban on women is slated to end Jun 24, as part of a highly publicised liberalisation drive launched by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who styles himself as a progressive reformer.

The prince has also lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, allowed mixed-gender concerts and clipped the powers of the long-feared religious police.

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