100 Lashes, 1 Month Jail for Celebratory Firing at Saudi Weddings

Celebratory firing is a tradition of KSA and all other Middle East countries. It has resulted in several incidents, loss of lives and financial grievances. People residing in KSA consider it as an essential part of showcasing their wealth and status to fire to let another know that they are so happy for something. During previous decades, despite many incidents, authorities took no action over this deadly tradition. From now onwards, the court has pronounced severe punishment for people who adopt celebratory fire as an expression of happiness or pride.

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About the matter of celebratory fire, a Saudi court has pronounced one-month imprisonment as he had shot fire in the air for celebration. In the same case, the court has also ordered 100 lashes for a person who tried to defend the guilty of celebratory fire and helped him to escape from the occasion. The Police spotted his license plate and after enquiring registration number, he got arrested later and the court announced imprisonment for him. Celebratory fire is a deeply rooted tradition of KSA, especially during happy occasions.  Last year during a wedding, a group of participants tried to celebrate the occasion by firing shots in the air. The shot missed and resulted in the death of two people along with several injuries. The injured persons immediately taken to hospitals despite this few persons could survive.

This is not the only incident of death happened due to fire shots in the air, there are several cases where people lost their lives due to this harmful tradition to show off wealth and status. With enhanced level of awareness among Saudi natives, a major portion of Kingdom population has realized the danger associated with this tradition. Still, a resident of various side areas and those who belong to wealthy families never let even a single occasion go without showing their expertise in celebratory fire shows.

Recently a video became viral on social media which showed a clip of wedding. The bride and groom were walking in marriage venue Meanwhile the groom’s brother who was also walking alongside with a Kalashnikov started firing in the air.

As the couple proceeded, the groom’s brother kept on showing his skills in fire shot. While firing with pride and over confidence gesture, the shooting person lost control of Kalashnikov. Consequences were unleashing of hails of bullets and people started running here and there to get an escape from the shots of out of control weapon. Though there was no loss of life shown in that video clip, still it indicated a grave danger associated with this deadly tradition.

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The Saudi courts have issued zero tolerance policy against fire shot shows and such celebrations. To ensure compliance with the law of ban on celebratory fire incidents, the court has ordered police and regulatory authorities to supervise palaces, wedding halls and related areas where people may try to celebrate gunfire shots. It is not only prevalent in KSA or the Middle East; natives of North and South America have also been suffering from such deadly traditions.

Source: Gulf News

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