Alhamdulillah the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (cabinet) have now decided to make a ban on domestic violence and other forms of abuse against women. The law has come into effect for the first time which is a surprise but the social illness is becoming out of control and more widespread. We are glad that it has come into effect, which if broken there would be punishable consequences.
The legislation has made the crime of domestic violence a punishable crime and indeed would offer provisions for treatment and shelter of those who suffered from the volatile act.
It is too little too late for the legislation to have come into place for those who had no justice achieved, and as a result endured domestic violence for a longer period. Nevertheless better late than never, as Saudi Arabia has embarked on sailing the ship with us against abolishing domestic violence, let us work on and have this to aspire other countries to jump on board insha’Allah!
A maximum of 12 months of imprisonment has to be served and a penalty of up to $13,000 needs to be paid if persecuted. The law enforcement agencies would be accountable for investigating and persecuting assertions of abuse
“All civilian or military employees and all workers in the private sector who learn of a case of abuse — by virtue of their work — shall report the case to their employers when they know it,” Alnbawaba reported the cabinet as saying in a statement. “The employers shall report the case to the Ministry of Social Affairs or police when they know it.”
At Nour we love to see campaigns ignite and go viral on this topic, the campaign calling to end domestic violence was initiated earlier this year using the image of a Muslim woman who wears the veil and has a black eye, which has a caption ‘some things can’t be covered up’ in Arabic. The strong statement really worked, it drew attention, raised awareness and has now become a viral campaign all over social networks and other online platforms. The aim of the campaign is to open discussions of such a taboo topic, not only is it bringing the issue to surface but also getting people’s tongue to talk about something which has been well hidden. The King Khalid Charitable Foundation has described the campaign as ‘the phenomenon of battered women in Saudi Arabia as much greater than expected’.
We will be following the campaign closely, and others of the like. If you would like to join us on our campaigns please check out the website on the events section. And/or subscribe to our mailing list where we have monthly information of press releases and other news related to DV.