Cabinet Approves Anti-Harrassment Law

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The government of Saudi Arabia approved a measure on Tuesday criminalising sexual harassment in the Kingdom.

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

The measure, 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 law and regulations,” a statement from the Shoura Council said.