The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already implemented the recently passed Public Decency Law which means that any act deemed distasteful to the public is now a criminal offense! The law was only approved last April 9.
The law gives meaning to public decency as “a set of behaviors and morals that reflect the country’s social norms, values, and identity.” Anyone who will violate the law will have to pay a hefty fine of 5,000 riyals.
So locals or not heads up for the things you need to know about the New Public Decency Law of Saudi Arabia! The following are now a criminal offense under the new law!
- Bullying in all its forms. Calling people names or using racist language in public
- Making pranks on women and children or any other situation that can scare them or put them in danger
- Playing loud music or making any disruptive sound in public
- Wearing immodest clothing or garments with questionable prints
- Wearing shorts for men or walking in public in white underwear garments
- Crossing in a queue in public space
- Filming people without their consent
- Unlicensed graffiti art
- Putting up posters in streets
- Placing an advertisement in front of homes or on cars
- Going into mosques while wearing dirty clothes
Under the New Public Decency Law, any place outside a person’s home or personal space is covered in the implementation including the following;
- All public transportation
- Educational facilities
- Medical facilities
- Shopping centers
- Sports stadiums
- Sports clubs/gyms
It is being said that the new law is needed to curb inappropriate behaviors in the public. With these new violations, people living in Saudi Arabia are expected to behave accordingly or else face a fine!