Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has approved an anti-harassment crime draft-bill during its meeting on Monday.
The proposed bill passed during a council session in Riyadh caired by Shura Speaker Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh.
According to Asharq al-Awsat, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz had ordered the Interior Ministry to prepare the anti-harassment bill given the negative impact this phenomenon has on the individual, family and society and given its violation of the values of Islam.
In late 2016, a council spokesman revealed that an item in the proposed system calls for a prison term of five years’ maximum and a fine of not more than SR500,000 or the two punishments together for anyone convicted of sexual harassment.
The session on Monday also discussed various public issues, stressing the exigency of interconnecting them with the Kingdom Vision 2030, especially in terms of promoting and enhancing media content to bolster the National Transformation Program 2020 performance, by incepting a body for developing media content.