Fight Against Sexual Harassment
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The women strongly affirmed that they do not fear ‘shame’, ‘scandal’ or ‘embarrassment’ because of which they do not and will not hesitate to file a formal report against anyone who attempts to sexually harass them. In the same context, Director General of Musawaa Legal Consultants Office Lawyer Meshari Al-Enezi said the fight against sexual harassment, despite the existence of a penal code in this regard, requires more awareness campaigns so that sexual harassments in workplaces are not overlooked by anyone. Regarding fake sick leaves, the report indicated that some employees, due to some weak management officials in some establishments, resort to find ways to cheat by obtaining fake sick leaves. However, there are legal repercussions against anyone involved including the doctors who issue such leaves without any medical grounds.

In an unrelated development, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has recovered KD5.4 million out of KD8.3 million of social aid granted illegally to 5,354 beneficiaries, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Subaih.

She affirmed an investigation committee has been formed to scrutinize the remaining files and to ask the citizens who illegally received social aid to return the money to the ministry as it is part of public funds which, according to the Constitution, must be protected. She said investigations revealed that social aid was granted to dead people and divorced women who married their husbands again, indicating one of these women received KD 50,000.

She added the ministry witnessed deficiencies and irregularities in the past five years; hence, an investigation committee was formed five months ago. She said the lack of coordination between ministries and other concerned institutions like the Public Institution for Social Security has been delaying procedures to recover the misappropriated public funds. She asserted all those behind the violations will be referred to the Public Prosecution once the investigations are completed




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