Women harassers face SR500,000 fine, 5 years

Updated 13 October 2014
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Women harassers face SR500,000 fine, 5 years

Harassers may face up to five years in prison and incur a SR500,000 fine under a new draft law that is currently being studied by the Shoura Council’s Social Affairs Committee.
The move comes in the wake of increasing cases of harassment against women at workplaces, streets and malls.
The draft law proposes that anyone found guilty of making sexual advances be punished according to its articles. However, it pointed out that specialized courts would have the right to issue alternative forms of punishment.
The law considers harassment a crime since it violates an individual’s honor. The law also covers individuals and groups involved in the crime.
“The law aims at protecting honor and prestige and preventing all types of harassment,” a Shoura official said.
Badr Almotawa, a political analyst, emphasized the significance of the law, saying it would serve as a deterrent for sexual perverts.
However, he pointed out that harassment cases in the Kingdom are fewer compared to Western countries, where one case is reported per minute on average. He attributed this to people’s adherence to Islamic values.
He said the establishment of women-only work places and institutions is one solution for preventing harassment and cited the Kingdom Tower, of which the third floor is women-only, and Princess Nora University as good examples.
Almotawa also stressed the need to punish anyone found guilty of drunk driving.
“These people, who endanger their own lives and those of their families and road users, deserve tough punishment. They have caused many road crashes in Riyadh, Jeddah and other parts of the country, killing innocent people,” he said.


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.