A distress video circulated inside a house in Saudi Arabia and an investigation of a sexual harassment case


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Activists circulated on social media, a video clip showing a person calling for help from within a matter that sparked a widespread interaction and response from the police of the Emirate of Makkah region.

The Emirate of Makkah Region published a picture of the video clip circulating on its official page on the social networking site, Twitter, saying: “The Makkah Region Police is conducting an investigation into a sexual harassment case after a video clip was circulated on social media of a person calling for help from inside a house .. An identity has been identified. The helpers and the accused are underway, and legal measures are being taken in preparation for referring the case to the Public Prosecution branch.

It is mentioned that, according to the anti-harassment crime law in Saudi Arabia, which defines this act, what is meant by this act is “every statement, action or sign with a sexual connotation, issued by a person towards any other person, that touches his body or honor, or offends his modesty, by any means, Including the means of modern technology. ”

As for the penalty, the system stipulates that it is as follows:

1- Subject to the provisions of Paragraph No. (2) of this Article, and without prejudice to any other penalty determined by the provisions of the Islamic Sharia or any more severe punishment stipulated in any other system The punishment shall be imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years, and a fine not exceeding one hundred thousand riyals, or one of these two punishments; Anyone who committed a crime of harassment.

2- The penalty for the crime of harassment shall be imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, and a fine not exceeding three hundred thousand riyals, or either of these two penalties, in the case of recidivism or in the event of the crime being accompanied by any of the following:

A- If the victim was a child.

B – If the victim is a person with special needs.

C – If the perpetrator has direct or indirect authority over the victim.

D- If the crime occurred in a place of work, study, accommodation or care.

E – If the perpetrator and the victim are of the same sex.

F – If the victim was asleep, unconscious, or the same.

G – If the crime occurred in any of the situations of crisis, disaster or accident.


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