Almost 3,000 harassment cases reported in a year in Saudi Arabia

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The number of reported harassment cases against women and juveniles in Saudi Arabia has reached 2,797 in one year, a newspaper stated on Saturday quoting official statistics.

A total of 1,669 cases, or 59.9 percent of the total, involved Saudi nationals while there were 1,128 harassment cases involving non-Saudis of various nationalities, Saudi Gazette reported, citing Arabic newspaper Asharq.

The highest number of recorded cases was in Riyadh, topping the list with 650 cases, reported Arabic newspaper al-Sharq.

The source stated that Yemeni nationals were among the top expatriates in luring juveniles and harassing women.

Yemenis were involved in over 100 cases reviewed by the Saudi courts. Other cases involved Egyptians, Pakistani nationals, Bangladeshis and Syrians, with numbers of cases descending in order of the list. The remainders were divided between other Arab and non-Arab nationalities.

The luring of juveniles take many forms, Saudi lawyer Abdul Aziz al-Zamil was quoted as saying, with some cases including involvement in terror activities. Luring girls into prostitution is punishable under the kingdom’s laws.

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