Bahraini MPs renew push to ban alcohol

Lawmakers argue the gradual outlawing of alcohol sales is needed to reduce “sleaze and prostitution”
Bahraini MPs renew push to ban alcohol
By Courtney Trenwith
Wed 28 May 2014 09:51 AM

Bahraini MPs have backed a proposal to gradually outlaw alcohol sales in the kingdom in a bid to reduce “sleaze and prostitution”, Gulf Daily News has reported.

The elected members of parliament have referred the proposal to the cabinet, which is dominated by ministers appointed by the Emir.

It is the second time MPs have attempted to ban alcohol after a similar proposal in 2010 was vetoed by the Shura Council.

National Assembly Speaker Dr Khalifa Al Dhahrani, who is leading the idea, said alcohol was un-Islamic and led to inappropriate behaviour.

"Bahrain is violating Islam with the sale of alcohol and by allowing sleaze in the open," he was quoted as saying.

MP Ali Al Zayed said one- and two-star hotels had been banned from hosting live musical acts and serving alcohol but there needed to be a widespread ban.

"Alcohol and prostitution shouldn't be allowed in an Islamic country," he was quoted as saying.

MPs also have attempted to have nightclubs and bars in the residential area of Juffair closed down but the cabinet rejected the motion, responding that they were licensed and closely monitored by the Culture Ministry.

Meanwhile, MP Abdulhakeem Al Shemmri has claimed some police officers were profiting from prostitution.

"Individuals beat women to have sex and practice sleaze," he was quoted as saying.

"Women come as secretaries and are then tortured to get into the profession by force.

"I am confident that there are policemen involved in this racketeering process, which sees huge acts of human trafficking, because Bangladeshi pimps are unable to do this themselves.

“There are also homosexuals walking freely in Adliya under the gaze of everyone, without being touched."

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