Jakarta bans alcohol, nightclubs during Ramadan

Jakarta: Indonesia, world’s largest majority Muslim country is all set to welcome Ramadan with the capital city Jakarta banning nightspots during the holy month which is set to kick in.

Castur Laswanto, City’s tourism head said places such as discotheques, massage parlors and saunas have been ordered to shut from one day before Ramadan until one day after Eid al-Fitr, a festival marking the end of the holy month.

Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated on June 25 and 26.

Castur laswanto added ‘Exceptions are to be made for establishments located in hotels and specially-designated entertainment centers, The rules are in place so that Muslims can observe the holy month solemnly’.

Similar rules are being enforced in other cities of Indonesia.

Earlier, Islamic Defender’s Front group accused of harboring prostitutes and selling of alcohol, after raiding certain nightclubs. Such raids are rare now that government has taken care of the violators violating rules during Ramadan hours.

A local head of Islamic Defender’s Front Ba’bud said they would not conduct such raids in this Ramadan. Instead said “We are just watching” and “The police will take action”, as reported in DW.