Saudi Arabia passed a new law of Sexual harassment


Saudi Arabia (Web Desk) Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said on Wednesday, 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, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a maximum penalty of 300,000 Saudi riyals.

It 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 new law appears to be in preparation for the historic lifting of the kingdom’s driving ban on women on June 24.



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