Now Saudi Arabia Could Punish Sexual Harassers With Rs 54 Lakh Fine, 5 Years In Jail

December 17, 2019 0 By JohnValbyNation

Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said 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 riyals (USD 80,000 or Rs 54 lakh approx).

The law has been approved by the cabinet, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

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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.