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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Saudi Arabia outlaws sexual harassment Tuesday May 29,2018

Saudi Arabia's Cabinet on Tuesday May 29,2018  approved a measure criminalising sexual harassment

The legislation, which awaits an expected royal decree to become law, is the latest in a series of reforms that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has initiated in a bid to modernise the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

Prince Mohammed is also trying to diversify the Arab worlds largest economy away from oil exports and open up Saudis cloistered lifestyles by easing strict social rules and promoting entertainment.

The anti-harassment measure, which was approved on Monday by the Shura Council advisory body, introduces a jail sentence of up to five years and a 300,000 riyals (80,000 USD) 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 Shura Council said.

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