riyad - Saudi Arabia, now that women in the ultra-conservative country are increasingly allowed to participate more actively in public life, is taking stronger action against sexual harassment. Riyadh has presented a new law that makes it possible to give prison sentences to five years because of such offenses. The fines for violations also go up to a maximum of 700,000 euros.
The Ministry of Information announced on Wednesday that the Saudi government with the bill protects the individual dignity and personal freedom that guarantees Islamic law. Latifa al-Shaalan, who participated as a member of the Shura Advisory Council, said that a large gap in legislation has now been closed which will have a deterrent effect.
King Salman had already announced the measure when it became known that women would be allowed, among other things, to drive a car. That is officially the case from 24 June.
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