The security director of the Shahat directorate in north-eastern Libya has launched a campaign against the harassment of females, the Libya Herald reported on Tuesday.
The directorate launched the campaign on its official Facebook page with the hashtag #Be_human in an attempt to spread awareness about the continuing sexual harassment of women in the North African country.
“Harassment is one of the main tools that spread obscenity to society and paves the road to Haram (forbidden) ideas”, a statement by the directorate said, before adding: “No meeting of man and woman, unless Satan himself is their third companion.”
The statement’s last sentence shows the campaign is largely religious-based.
The anti-harassment campaign follows last week’s arrest of dozens of young men in Marj and Ajdabiya in eastern Libya after they were accused of pestering schoolgirls, teachers and female university students.
The parents of the alleged sex pests were asked to bring in their troublesome sons who subsequently pledged not to commit the offences again.
The offenders had their heads shaved as punishment before the parents were then told to collect their sons.
Ajdabiya CID investigations Chief Fathi Al Sumati warned that any future occurrences of harassment at schools or the town’s university would be referred to the local public prosecutor and legal action taken against the perpetrators.
- African News Agency (ANA)