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MP drafts morals bill to fight prostitution
September 8, 2016, 8:24 am

MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran has presented a bill to amend Article 203 of Law No. 16/1960 promulgating the Penal Code in a bid to impose harsher penalties on anyone who owns or rents a place used for prostitution or immoral activities — maximum 15 years jail sentence and fine of KD 50, 000.

The bill states that a person who establishes or manages a place used for immoral acts or prostitution, or in any way helped create or run the place, shall be imprisoned for not less than three years and not more than 15 years as well as fined not less than KD 10,000 and not more than KD 50,000.

On the other hand, Al-Jeeran also proposed banning local satellite television channels and radio stations from broadcasting their regular programs, music and movies during calls (Adhan) for prayers. His said all media platforms, including satellite television channels and State or private radio stations must stop regular programming during prayer time to pave the way for broadcasting Adhan.

Furthermore, Al-Jeeran submitted another proposal to allow National Assembly election candidates to rent ballrooms in hotels or community halls of the Social Affairs and Labor Ministry which will be used as their electoral headquarters. He explained his proposal is based on Article Eight of the Constitution that stipulates, “The State safeguards the pillars of society and ensures security, tranquility and equal opportunities for citizens.”

He also cited Article 49 stipulating that, “Observance of public order and respect for public morals are duties incumbent upon all inhabitants of Kuwait.” He pointed out the usual practice during elections is that candidates establish their electoral headquarters in residential areas while some put up tents, up to the point where there are more than five electoral headquarters in the same area, thereby, disturbing the residents.

Source: Arab Times

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