1 Year Imprisonment Awaits Muslim Women Who Wear Dresses That Are "Too Short Or Tight" in Pahang.
KUANTAN – Muslim women in the state who fail to adhere to a “decent” dress code during the month of Ramadan can end up in jail for a year or fined up to RM2,000, a local English daily reports.
Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) head of investigation Mohd Anis Azmi said that checks done at a few local Ramadan bazaars have shown that many Muslim women were clad in dresses that were “too short or tight”, something he considers as “inappropriately dressed”.
“They should refrain from wearing revealing dresses in respect of the holy month,” Anis was quoted saying.
“This is a warning for the public before we start our operations against the offenders soon. JAIP cannot set a benchmark on what is decent attire, as what is decent to me may not be considered so to others,” he added.
“We also cannot be telling them what they should wear, but a rule of thumb is to dress decently even if you are only out to buy food in a Ramadan bazaar,” Anis explained further.
He revealed that once caught and deemed improperly dressed by the religious authority, the women will be counselled, and repeat offenders could face imprisonment or a fine.
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