The irony is that harassment is a problem of civilized societies and not the opposite, and the challenge lies in how to curb it.
A new measure has been taken in Saudi Arabia where an anti-harassment system was launched following years of deliberations. It would not have been possible to break this contention except last year when the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques ordered the interior minister to prepare an anti-harassment law.
Significance of an anti-harassment system
The significance of this system is to organizing society and protect its members, particularly women, from bullying. Thousands of women will drive their cars soon and may be subjected to verbal harassment in the street, and on platforms, media outlets and social networks.
Thousands of women are now working in new unprecedented fields and in companies and shops. Meanwhile, the Saudi patriarchal society has not gotten used to some of these jobs and this large amount of women workforce, where there are still some who completely reject this idea.
What’s strange is that sexual harassment was viewed by some as a good deed and as a deterring tool that aims to hold back women by humiliating them. The new system ended years of negative neutrality and it now categorizes sexual harassment as a crime that is severely punishable. The system is now the reference. It governs society and there’s no place for one’s guardianship over another.
The new Saudi Arabia
We all know that the new anti-harassment system is not new, it merely reflects religion and the society’s morals and original values which now needs to be written out and placed into legal molds after they were infected with foreign diseases and arrogance of Jahiliyyah.
The law develops like everything else in our lives. Combating sexual harassment is another pillar in modernization and organization. We’ve noticed how the drafted system strongly leaned towards protecting the weak such as children, people with disabilities and those who work under the authority of those who harass them.
Harassment is now no longer a misdemeanor or impolite, but it’s a crime in which there are courts, provisions and penalties that include serving time in prison and paying fines.
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Source : english.alarabiya.net