THE EHTRAM-E-RAMAZAN ORDINANCE, 1981

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ORDINANCE TO PROVIDE FOR MEASURES TO OBSERVE THE SANCTITY OF THE MONTH OF RAMAZAN.

Whereas in view of the tenets of Islam, it is necessary to provide for measures to observe the sanctity of the of Ramazan;

and whereas the President is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action;

now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by article 89 of the constitution, read with the provisional constitution order 1981 (C.M.L.A ORDER NO 1 OF 1981) the President is pleased to make and promulgate the following ordinance;–

this ordinance may be called the Ehtram-e-Ramazan ordinance 1981.

it extends to the whole of the Pakistan.

It shall come into force at once.

In this ordinance, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject to context, “public place” includes any hotel, restaurant, canteen, house room, tent, enclosures, road lane, bridge or other place to which the public have access.

No person who, according to the tenets of Islam, is under an obligation to fast shall eat, drink or smoke in a public place during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan.

Whoever contravenes the provisions of the sub-section 1 shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to [five thousand rupees] or with both.

No proprietor, manager, servant, or other persons in charge of a hotel, restaurant or canteen, or other public place, shall knowingly and willfully offer or serve or cause to be offered or serve any eatable during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan to any person who, according to the tenets of Islam, is under an obligation to fast.

Whoever contravenes the provisions of sub-section 1 shall be punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees or with both.

EXEMPTIONS.

Nothing contained in section 4 shall apply in respect of –

  • a canteen or kitchen maintained in a hospital for serving food to patients; or
  • a restaurant, canteen shall or wheel barrow, or the holder of a vending contract, within the premises of a railway station or in a train or a restaurant or canteen within the premises of an airport, seaport or bus stand or n an aircraft; or
  • a kitchen or dining car of a train; or
  • a kitchen or canteen meant for children within the premises of a primary school.
  • All cinema houses, theatres and similar other establishments or institutions shall remain closed during the month of Ramazan from the time of the sunset to the expiration of three hours thereafter.
  • If the proprietor, manager, servant or other person in charge of a cinema-house, theatres or similar other establishments or institutions contravenes the provisions of subsection 1, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, or with both.

POWER TO ENTER AND ARREST.

  • A magistrate or an assistant commissioner, who has reason to believe that any offence punishable under this ordinance has been committed by any person may enter the public place and arrest such person.
  • Where the Magistrate arresting any person under subsection 1is for the time being empowered to try in a summary way the offences specified in subsection 1 of section 260 of the code of criminal procedure, 1898 (act v of 1898), such magistrate may try such person at the place where he is arrested in accordance with the provisions contained in sections 262 to 265 of the said code.
  • When any person is arrested under sub-section 1 by a person other than a magistrate referred to in sub-section 2 such person shall if a bond to his satisfaction is not executed forward the person arrested to the nearest police station, with a report of the circumstances in which such arrest was made.

COGNIZANCE OF OFFENCES AND PROCEDURE.

  • Save as provided in sub-section 2 of section 7, no court shall take cognizance of any offence punishable under this ordinance except on a complaint in writing made by a person authorized to arrest under sub-section 1 of that section or by the office-in-charge of the police station in whose jurisdiction the offence is alleged to have been committed.
  • Any magistrate empowered for the time being to try in a summary way the offence specified in sub-section 1 of section 260 of the code of criminal procedure, 1898 (act v of 1898) may try any offence punishable under this ordinance in accordance with the provisions contained in sections 262 to 265 of the said code.
  • The officer-in-charge of the police station to which a person arrested is forwarded under sub-section 2 of section 7 shall make a complaint to a magistrate within twenty-four hours of the time on which such person is brought to the police station.
  • The trial of an offence publishable under this ordinance shall b taken upon a priority basis and shall be concluded as expeditiously as may be administratively possible.

POWER TO MAKE RULES.

  • The provisional government may make rules for carrying out the purposes of this ordinance.
  • In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions such rules may provide that in a canteen, restaurant or dining-car referred to in clause a, b, c, d of section 5, eatables or articles of smoking shall only be served at a place protected from public view by means of a curtain or otherwise and specify the classes of persons who may be admitted to any such canteen, restaurant or dining-car during fasting hours in the month of Ramazan.
  • A person contravening any rule made under sub-section1 shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence punishable under section 4 and shall be punishable accordingly.

The provisions of this ordinance shall have notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force.

Written by. AD, IMRANA HANIF

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