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Harassment law takes effect

The anti-harassment law approved by the Saudi cabinet last week, took effect on June 8.
The 8-article law criminalizes anykind of harassment, which has defined harassment as any act, word or sign against any other person.
the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz has given his order to the Interior Ministry to prepare the law, which has won praise across the country.
The law comes days before the allowing of women to drive for the first time in decades in Saudi Arabia.
The law stated that sexual harassment poses threat and negative impact on the harassed person, his family and community.
Anyone convicted under the new law which aims to preserve the privacy, dignity and personal freedom of individuals guaranteed by the Islamic Sharia laws, shall face up to five years in jail and a fine of  up to SR 300,000. 
The penalties include anyone who incites any other person, conspires with him or aids him in any way whatsoever to commit harassment .
The penalties include also any person who files a malicious report of harassment or falsely claims that he has been harassed.
The law authorizes everyone who is aware of a harassment case to inform the competent authorities to take what they deemed necessary to stop the harassment.

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