The Saudi Ministry of Interior stated in a statement that it had arrested an Egyptian resident who harassed women in Jeddah.
And the “Snap Interior” account of the Saudi Ministry of Interior stated: “The security follow-up to combat harassment crimes and track down the perpetrators resulted in the arrest of a resident of Egyptian nationality in the fourth decade of life. For perpetrating the crime of harassment of women in a number of public places in Jeddah, and documenting that.”
The arrest of an Egyptian resident who harassed women in a number of public places in Jeddah.
– Breaking news (@AJELNEWS24) September 25, 2021
Harassment in Jeddah
He continued, “He was arrested, and initial legal measures were taken against him, and he was referred to the Public Prosecution Branch.”
This disgraceful behavior caused widespread controversy among activists, and one of them wrote: “Regarding the incident of harassment in Mecca_Al-Mukarramah, he was arrested and an Egyptian resident appeared. Regardless of his nationality, I swear to God that I am happy if I see such filth repetitions of such actions..Anyone who makes a mistake bears his mistake and its consequences.”
Regarding the harassment incident #Makkah Al Mukarramah #arrested On him, an Egyptian resident came out, regardless of his nationality, but by God, I am happy if I see such rubbish, followed by such actions..Anyone who makes a mistake bears his mistake and its consequences. pic.twitter.com/gSMoAihNmT
— ali654 (@aliii258) September 25, 2021
Shocking scenes of harassment in the streets of Saudi Arabia on National Day
The celebrations of the 91st Saudi National Day witnessed shocking incidents of harassment of young girls in the streets of the Kingdom, which aroused the condemnation and condemnation of many.
One of the videos documented the screaming of a young man and his harassment of a girl who was wearing an abaya and revealing her hair, during the activities of the Saudi National Day in a street.
Another video spread on social media, showing a person harassing and kissing a girl while she was riding a car, before fleeing during the Saudi National Day activities.
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Another video documented a girl being harassed in the street by a young man, who responded by throwing him with a water bottle she was holding in her hand.
Another video clip, which was circulated, showed young men shouting and crowding around girls in a car during the celebration of the Saudi National Day.
Another video revealed that a blonde girl, who was wearing an orange cloak, was harassed, and the clip clearly shows someone coming towards her and touching her from behind, while one of the young men was trying to defend her and keep the harassers away.
Another video clip from the Saudi National Day celebrations showed a girl coming out of her car window and waving the Saudi flag.
Punishment for harassment in Saudi Arabia
According to the Saudi Public Prosecution, the penalty for harassment is up to two years in prison and a fine of 100,000 riyals (about $27,000).
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The prosecution explained on its Twitter page that “the crime of harassment is committed by every word, act or sign issued by a person towards another with a sexual connotation that touches his body or his honor, or outrages his modesty, directly or indirectly, including technical means.”
My citizen brother, my resident brother.
The crime of harassment is perpetrated by every word, deed, or gesture issued by a person towards another with a sexual connotation that directly or indirectly affects his body or honor or infringes his modesty, including technology, and its penalties are imprisonment for a period of up to two years and a fine of up to one hundred thousand riyals, in which case recidivism is severe.#Public Prosecution pic.twitter.com/6Bean2gvYj
– Public Prosecution (@bip_ksa) May 11, 2019
The prosecution also confirmed that “the penalty is imprisonment for a period of two years and a fine of up to one hundred thousand riyals, and it will be tightened if it is repeated.”
And at the beginning of this year 2021, the official “SPA” agency reported that the Kingdom’s Council of Ministers held a meeting headed by the Saudi King, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, where he approved a package of decisions, including adding a paragraph to Article VI of the anti-harassment crime system.
And this paragraph states: “The ruling determining the penalties referred to in this article may include a provision to publish its summary at the expense of the convict in one or more local newspapers, or in any other appropriate means, according to the gravity of the crime and its impact on society, provided that Publication shall be after the judgment acquires the final character.