Over 300 people in Kelantan have been issued notices to attend counselling sessions for having worn "tight" clothing and "behaving indecently" in public
Authorities were said to have carried out various operations from January to June this year to issue the notices, especially on those who wore tight-fitting clothes that did not completely "tutup aurat".
Those caught were required to "attend counselling sessions in stages as set by the department," said Kelantan Islamic Affairs Department (JAHEAIK) director Datuk Che Mohd Rahim Jusoh
However, the director said that 80% of them did not go for the counselling sessions, reported New Straits Times.
A second round of counselling will be held and those who skip that session may be taken to court, added Jusoh.
"We will send them a notice urging them to attend the sessions."
Section 5 of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code 1985 states that those found guilty for behaving in an "indecent manner" will likely be fined up to RM1,000, face imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
In April, Sisters In Islam (SIS) took to Twitter to express their disappointment in the "backward mentality" of authorities for criticising 21 women for dressing inappropriately
"This action unfairly implies that women are defective mentally, physically, spiritually, and are dangerous to the moral order of the society," said the organisation, committed to promoting the rights of women within Islam.
SIS went on to say that, "Operations such as these completely undermines the accolades that women have worked so hard to earn and reduces their worth to merely their clothing".
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