MP pro­poses stiff fines for wear­ing pa­ja­mas in pub­lic

Kuwait Times - - Front Page - By B Iz­zak

KUWAIT: MP Ma­jed Mousa Al-Mu­tairi yes­ter­day sub­mit­ted a draft law for safeguardi­ng law and or­der by propos­ing to ban wear­ing pa­ja­mas (py­ja­mas) in pub­lic along with a string of other mea­sures, or risk a fine of be­tween KD 500 and KD 1,000. The law­maker asked that the bill, which pro­hibits a large num­ber of be­hav­iors and prac­tices, be given ur­gency in de­bate at the con­cerned com­mit­tee and then in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Among other things, the bill bans ut­ter­ing abu­sive, vul­gar or racist words in pub­lic. It also out­laws wear­ing clothes with images, por­traits or re­marks that are abu­sive to pub­lic or­der and morals.

The bill can­not be de­bated in the As­sem­bly un­less the le­gal and leg­isla­tive com­mit­tee says it is in line with the con­sti­tu­tion, a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion since per­sonal freedom is pro­tected by the Kuwaiti con­sti­tu­tion.

The bill also bans peo­ple from ap­pear­ing in pub­lic in un­der­wear or sleep­ing pa­ja­mas, or play­ing loud mu­sic that could dis­turb the pub­lic. It pro­hibits writ­ing or

draw­ing on walls in pub­lic places a prior ap­proval of au­thor­i­ties or us­ing chil­dren and women in ac­tiv­i­ties that pose a dan­ger to them or scare them. The bill also bans tak­ing pic­tures of oth­ers with­out their con­sent in or­der to make fun of them, besides not re­spect­ing queues in pub­lic places or for ob­tain­ing ser­vices.

It bans spit­ting in pub­lic places, throw­ing trash or cig­a­rettes from cars and plac­ing ad­ver­tise­ment posters on walls of pri­vate homes with­out seeking prior per­mis­sion. The bill pro­poses a fine of be­tween KD 500 and KD 1,000 for vi­o­la­tors. The law­maker said he sub­mit­ted the draft law seeking to pro­tect Kuwaiti val­ues, morals and tra­di­tions and also safe­guard pub­lic or­der af­ter he no­ticed that strange be­hav­iors and prac­tices have been on the rise.

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