Govt to educate Umrah travel agent following sexual harassment case

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Religious Affairs will educate Umrah travel agents on this issue in response to a case of alleged sexual harassment of an Umrah pilgrim from Indonesia and Saudi Arabia,

“The Directorate General of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Management will provide socialization to Umrah travel agents,” the ministry’s spokeswoman, Anna Hasbie, said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

She informed that until now the ministry has always provided briefing and coaching to Umrah travel agents and Umrah pilgrims before they leave for Saudi Arabia.

Hasbie said that the Umrah travel agents must socialize the regulations during the pilgrimage for pilgrims.

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“The regulations implemented in Saudi Arabia must be followed. Moreover, there are new dynamic rules every year. We have conveyed it to the Umrah travel agents and they must also socialize it to their pilgrims,” ​​she added.

She said that her ministry has coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also deployed a legal adviser to provide assistance to the alleged perpetrator.

“We already have a lawyer (deployed) to handle this case,” she added.

Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that it was preparing legal steps to follow up on a report of an Indonesian citizen detained in Saudi Arabia for sexual harassment.

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According to the ministry, the Indonesian citizen, identified as Muhammad Said, 26, was detained after a trial that found him guilty of sexual harassment based on the evidence of two witnesses and his direct confession.

However, the director for the protection of Indonesian citizens and legal entities at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Judha Nugraha, said that the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah had not received any information from the Saudi Arabian authorities about Said’s trial.

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On December 20, 2022, Said was sentenced to two years in prison and a fine of 50 thousand riyals or about 200 million Rp.

The South Sulawesi resident was arrested by security officials after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female Lebanese pilgrim during the deaf in the great mosque.

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