Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

Updated 12 August 2015
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Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

JEDDAH: Shoura Council members and law experts have called for the immediate adoption of anti-harassment regulations.
According to a local media report, Lubna bint Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, a member of the Shoura Council, said: “The issue of harassment is prevalent in all societies. However, the negative effects of harassment need strict laws to bring the criminals to book.”
She said: “I was one of the eight members who submitted an anti-harassment proposal at a Shoura Council meeting, but it was rejected. Harassment does not take place only at work; women have been harassed in markets and parks. There is a need to understand the various dimensions of harassment and adopt tougher measures to curb this menace."
Maimona Mirza, an educationist, said: “There are statistics which clearly reveal that the rate of harassment against women has gone up. This affects all women, those who cover their faces and those who do not.”
She added: “There are many reasons for this obnoxious behavior; one of them is the lack of education among young people who busy themselves harassing women. The other reason is the delayed age of marriage for both genders.”
Speaking to Arab News, Suhaila Zainul Abideen of the National Society for Human Rights, said that NSHR has tried to play a positive and supportive role in the society’s quest to adopt anti-harassment regulations. “At NSHR, we monitors harassment cases and prod victims to report such cases to government agencies for remedial action.”


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”