Following his decree to lift the ban on female drivers, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz called for officials on Thursday to draft a law criminalizing sexual harassment.
“Considering the dangers sexual harassment poses and its negative impact on the individual, the family and society, along with its contradiction of Islamic principles, our customs and traditions,” the royal decree reads, “the ministry shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.”
The statement goes on to indicate the draft will outline specific “penalties that categorically prohibit such acts and deter anyone who feels tempted to commit them.”
Per the Arab News, the Kingdom’s interior minister has 60 days to create the legislation.
Roughly 80 percent of Saudi women aged 18 to 48 admitted to being exposed to various forms of sexual harassment, according to a 2014 study. Two years later, a survey conducted by a Canadian research institute noted cases increased by nearly 12 percent…