Despite the tightening of laws criminalizing harassment in Saudi Arabia over the past years, separate incidents have stirred public opinion. Several hashtags have spread on Twitter criminalizing harassers along the lines of NationalDay harassers.
Among the social reforms launched by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the harassment law was issued, which “punishes with imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years and a fine of no more than 100,000 riyals (about $30,000), or one of these two penalties; Everyone who committed a crime of harassment.”
The Ministry of Interior indicated that the penalty will be increased to five years in prison, and a fine of up to 300,000 riyals (79.978 dollars), if harassment is repeated or practiced against certain groups, including children and people with disabilities. And the authorities have previously dealt firmly with people who were involved in harassment or harassment of women.
Saudi Arabia celebrates the National Day for the Unification of the Kingdom, on the twenty-third of September each year. This date goes back to the royal decree issued by the founding King Abdulaziz No. 2716, which stipulated the transfer of the name of the state from the Kingdom of Hejaz and Najd and its annexes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, starting on the twenty-third of the year
While the Ministry of Interior renewed the publication of the text of the new law in a tweet after the incidents of harassment during the National Day celebrations, which topped social media, the Minister of Interior, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud, endorsed and retweeted a tweet by journalist Salman Al-Dosari. Salman Al-Dosari tweeted: