Human Rights

Iran: 164 citizens arrested for eating in public during Ramadan

Details Published: 28 June 2015

164 Iranian citizens have been arrested in the past week for eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan in the cities of Tabriz and Hamedan. In Tabriz, 92 people (51 men and 41 women) have been arrested after they ordered food in the coffee shop of a hotel and while eating in the shop, state-run Fars news agency reported.

Iranian regime’s judiciary officials have threatened that anyone caught eating or drinking in public during fasting hours in the month of Ramadan will receive 74 lashes and up to two months jail term.

According to Fars news agency, Ali Ismail-Pour, social deputy of state security forces in Tabriz confirmed the arrests and said those detained were referred to the regime’s judiciary for sentencing.

Meanwhile, Deputy Police chief in the city of Hamedan announced that 72 people have been arrested in the city for eating or drinking during the day time in Ramadan.

Last year, Iranian regime officials burned a Christian man’s lips with a lit cigarette for eating during the day in the month of Ramadan. This savage punishment was carried out in public in the city of Kermanshah.

In addition, at least 200 people were flogged last year in the Iranian province of Qazvin for eating in public during Ramadan.

Ismail Sadeghi-Niaraki, an official of Iranian regime in Qazvin, acknowledged the scale of the medieval punishments and said: “”Some 400 people were arrested during Ramadan and some were given warnings. Another 200 had their cases reviewed by the judiciary and the flogging sentence was carried out within 24 hours of their arrest.”

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