In reaction to that, many are calling on authorities to speed up the process of imposing a sexual harassment law, which is currently being drafted by Saudi authorities.
In September, King Salman issued a royal decree calling upon the kingdom’s interior minister to draft a law that criminalizes sexual harassment and enforces penalties on perpetrators.
A copy of the decree, which circulated online at the time, read:
“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 ministry shall prepare a draft law to tackle sexual harassment.”
The decree also went on to note the “importance of passing a law that criminalizes it [sexual harassment] and outlines the necessary penalties that categorically prohibit such acts and deter anyone who feels tempted to commit them.“
The law is of vital importance in the kingdom, where women continue to face high rates of sexual harassment.