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.