Saudi says men to face jail for harassment in malls

By REUTERS
April 21, 2012 17:08

 
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JEDDAH - Saudi Arabian authorities will imprison anyone found guilty of harassing others in shopping centres, the Al-Watan daily reported on Saturday, a month after the kingdom eased restrictions on men entering malls alone.

Mixing between unrelated men and women is forbidden in Saudi Arabia, which applies an austere version of Sunni Islam. Attempts by men to get to know unrelated females by asking to exchange phone numbers or commenting on their beauty is considered by Saudi authorities to be sexual harassment.

"The governor of Riyadh, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz, ordered the concerned authorities to punish those guilty of harassment in malls with 5 days in prison if it is a first-time offender," Al-Watan said, citing informed sources.

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