Baku, Azerbaijan, July 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Five Iranian citizens were lashed in public in the country's western city of Kermanshah due to breaking of the Ramadan fast.
Deputy Prosecutor of Kermanshah province, Ali Ashraf Karami said that the mentioned persons were sentenced to lashing due to eating in public during fasting hours in the month of Ramadan, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on July 22.
The lashing punishment was implemented in four different districts of the city, Karami added.
Fasting in Ramadan month is considered a religious duty for Muslims.
Earlier in July 13, Iranian media outlets reported that two men were lashed in public in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz for breaking the Ramadan fast. The police chief of Iran's Fars Province, Ahmad Ali Goudarzi said that each of the men received 80 lashes.
Eating in public during Ramadan is a crime that is forbidden by the Islamic laws, Goudarzi said.