A general view of Bushehr on the Persian Gulf

Passenger Boat Seized In Iran For Violating Ramadan Rules

Saturday, 03/23/2024

A passenger boat was seized in the waters of Bushehr Province, south of Iran in the Persian Gulf on grounds of non-compliance with religious rules during Ramadan.

Abdollah Khosravi, the commander of Bushehr Border Patrol, confirmed the seizure, stating, "This recreational vessel has been seized in order to enforce Islamic principles and the sanctity of the month of Ramadan." However, specific details regarding the violation that prompted the seizure were not disclosed by Khosravi.

Ramadan, a month marked by fasting, sees heightened vigilance from authorities, particularly in cases where it coincides with other significant events such as Norouz, the Persian New Year during which people are in a celebratory mood.

Norouz trips, particularly to the southern regions of Iran renowned for their favorable climate, are always under police scrutiny during the period.

Iranians are required to refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking in public during Ramadan, even if inside their vehicles. Article 638 of Iran's Islamic Penal Code mandates penalties ranging from 10 to 60 days imprisonment or up to 74 lashes for violating fasting regulations, applicable to all regardless of religion.

The Deputy Minister of Interior Majid Mirahmadi earlier issued a warning regarding public fasting during Norouz which deems public fasting a punishable offense.

"Anyone who openly commits a forbidden act in public places and thoroughfares will be sentenced to imprisonment and flogging," the Deputy Minister emphasized.

Furthermore, Mirahmadi added that businesses, including restaurants, cafes, and food vendors within cities, are prohibited from operating until before the sunset.

Meanwhile, in Rey County, located in the south of Tehran, Mohammad Qasem Tarhani, the police commander, announced the sealing of 24 shops for disregarding warnings related to Ramadan observance. Additionally, warning seals have been issued to 73 other shops in the county.

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