Iranwire – The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful in most Islamic countries keep a fast each day from dawn to dusk, began this year on Sunday, April 3. The very next day in Iran’s Lorestan province, it was reported that several businesses had been closed, and a handful of people arrested, for violating domestic fasting laws.
Colonel Ahmad Reza Ahmadian, commander of the Lorestan’s Public Security Police, told Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting that police had inspected 141 businesses for “public fast-breaking” and shut down 14 for serving food, while another 124 operators were given warnings for violating “the dignity of Ramadan”. Three people, he said, had been arrested and would appear in court for breaking the fast in public.
On the same day, it was also reported that two eateries in Bukan, West Azerbaijan had been shut down for fast-breaking on the first day of Ramadan.
The law of the Islamic Republic allows public breaking of Ramadan fasts to be punished by two to 10 months in prison, and/or 74 lashes.