Bakhtawar criticises Ehtram-e-Ramazan law, calls it ‘ridiculous’ says ‘this is not Islam’

Perturbed by legislation making eating in public during Ramazan a jailable offence, Bakhtawar Bhutto took to Twitter to condemn the rule.

The daughter of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto said the rule is not consistent with Islam as scores of people will die of dehydration, fearing punishment from the authorities.

“People are going to die from heat stroke and dehydration with this ridiculous law. Not everyone is able. This is not Islam,” she wrote.

But none of those criticising including Bakhtawar Bhutto seems to have caught the real meaning of the bill as it does not force anyone to fast or prohibit anyone to eat in privacy rather it only prohibits public display of food and smoking during fasting. This clearly suggests people jump to conclusions before even realising what they are objecting to.

The Senate Standing Committee on Religious Affairs on Wednesday unanimously approved the Ehtram-e-Ramazan (Amendment) Bill, 2017 under which fine for the hotel owners – violating the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance, 1981 – has been increased from Rs500 to Rs25,000.

Read: People who smoke, eat openly during Ramazan face 3-month imprisonment

People who smoke or eat in public during Ramazan can be fined Rs500 and imprisoned for up to three months. TV channels or cinema houses that violate the law will be fined Rs500,000 or more.

Soon after Bakhtawar posted her tweet about the law, it received mixed opinions from the social media users.

While many lauded her for speaking up against the rule, others mocked her and the PPP Sindh government for their ‘indifference’ towards poverty.


With editions from GroundZero