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Saudi judge deems winking to be sexual harassment

Men who wink at women should face a potential jail sentence because it is 'highly unethical', judge reportedly says

Saudi judge deems winking to be sexual harassment

A former Saudi judge has declared winking is a form of sexual harassment worthy of imprisonment, Arabic daily Makkah has reported.

Lawyer and former judge Ahmad Al Jaliti said winking was “highly unethical” and deserved punishment.

“When a man winks at a woman in a public place or vice versa, they mean to initiate an interaction that will lead to an unlawful relationship,” Al Jaliti was quoted as saying.

He added men should face stiffer punishment than women as their harassment usually had worse consequences.

However, he said it was only considered sexual harassment when it was persistent and the person’s intent was emphasised.

“If a man winks at a woman persistently he may undergo disciplinary action, be issued a warning, face imprisonment and be obliged to do community service,” he said.

“This applies to both men and women.”

Shirley Rowarth. 3 years ago

I wink just to be friendly in a general way, with a sense of humor I hope is not misconstrued, as I feel I could help to clarify any misconceptions given the opportunity. I know I don't wink to attract or arouse another person. I am a happily single female enjoying life as it is. I do, however, respect the consciences of others who might be offended, however non intentional that may be. If my winking wasn't a mere habit I don't overly think about, then I would have more impetus to stop. That would be if I had any intention to visit another country having different cultures, who's adherents have varying levels of conscience. We should not step on people's toes just to impose or shock. Mutual understanding and respect. Or stay where you are where over familiarity will not intrude or misconstrue. My soap box I'm now stepping off.