Kuwait MPs call for mixed coffee shops to be closed

Lawmakers held a rally against outlets, which they deemed a 'moral menace'
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By Shane McGinley
Sun 13 Oct 2013 03:43 PM

Kuwaiti lawmakers have called for a debate in parliament on what they have deemed the “moral menace” of mixed coffee shops which allow men and women to interact together, with a rally taking place at the weekend calling for the outlets to be shut down, it was reported.

“We will not hesitate to grill the competent ministers if these immoral coffee shops are not shut down within one month,” MP Askar Al Enezi was quoted as saying by local Kuwaiti media.

“We urge the ministers of interior, commerce and municipality to take action against these cafés all over Kuwait, but particularly in the Jahra area,” he added.

MPs and religious leaders took part in a rally on Saturday calling for the coffee shops, where men and women have been spotted smoking shisha together, to be closed. MPs deemed the outlets to be a “moral menace” and called for a debate on the issue in parliament.

“Such coffee shops have no room in our society as they violate our very traditions and customs as well as the spirit of the Constitution which stipulates the state's responsibility in maintaining the values of the family considered as the core of the community and in protecting the youth,” MP Sultan Al Laghisem told the Al Jareeda newspaper.

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