Saudi's Shura council approves legislation to outlaw harassment

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Recent months have seen extensive social change in Saudi Arabia, and they’re not finished yet. The Kingdom’s Shura council, which advises King Salman, has just approved legislation which would outlaw harassment. Those convicted would face fines up to Dhs293,000.

As reported by Arab News, women in Saudi Arabia will be able to drive legally from June 24, and the matching timing of this new law is no accident.

“I believe this law to be of extreme importance… Driving, although probably the main reason for it, is not the only one. Any comprehensive society needs a law such as this one to protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of gender,” Shura council member Hoda Al-Helaissi said.

The legislation, which will likely be updated as it comes into force, protects both men and women in the kingdom.