Dog Lovers In Iran Could Face Up To 74 Lashes For Keeping A Dog
17 Nov 2014
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In a draft bill signed by 32 members of Iran’s conservative-dominated parliament would now authorise heavy fines on people who keep dogs at their residence or walk dogs in public areas. Dog Lovers in the country are enraged at the draft and hope that bill does not get accepted, though there is a very low possibility of that. The ban comes into picture a few weeks after the dog patting event caused an outrage in the Muslim majority in Malaysia.
If the bill is accepted in the parliament, then those found “guilty” of keeping & walking a dog could face up to
74 lashes or fines ranging from 10 million Rials - 100 million Rials ($370 - $3700 at official exchange rates). Iran’s morality police have already been deployed in public areas to caution or confiscate dogs who are being owned and walked by residents. The draft has been added as the hard line politicians in the Iranian parliament feel that the Western Culture has invaded the pious Islamic culture via the satellite television and internet and with families keeping dogs, its crossed the limits and is considered as completely against the teachings of the Prophet.
Under the Islamic custom, dogs and monkeys are regarded as “dirty and unhygienic” and patting a dog or being licked by one is seen as “
najis” i.e. a behaviour or contact that leaves the body dirty. Though there are many affluent families who keep dogs as pets and walk them outside their homes. All confiscated dogs will be sent to either the zoo or the forest.
In the new law, police force, farmers and hunters will be exempted from any penalty as dogs form a part of their day to day work. Dog owners living in apartments and condominiums will mostly fall under the scrutiny of the law. However, according to Islamic concern, a website designed to clarify Islamic concepts that may be misinterpreted - “it is not haram if one touches a dog or any other animal. It is haram to keep a dog or any animal on a short lead for long periods without food, shelter and water”
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