The Director of Funerals Department in the Kuwait Municipality, Dr. Faisal Al-Awadi, said the administration intends to slap a fine of up to 5,000 dinars, for anyone who desecrates graves and those who take pictures during funeral ceremonies inside the cemeteries.

Al-Awadi told a local Arabic daily that it was noticed recently, that a large number of people attend the funeral ceremonies of politicians, athletes, artistes and other well-known personalities which cause inconvenience to the families of the deceased which amounts to lack of respect for the dead. This, the department said, is a kind of exploitation of cemeteries for a purpose other than the intended, because this is a kind of violation of the privacy of the dead and his family.

Al-Awadi mentioned that the Director-General of Kuwait Municipality, Ahmed Al-Manfouhi, had previously issued an administrative circular to take all legal measures to prevent any work related to taking pictures inside cemeteries using cameras of all kinds.

He pointed out that Article 3 of the regulation of funerals, transportation of the dead, burial and supervision of cemeteries, “confirms that graves may not be used for anything other than the purpose for which they are intended, and Article 8 shows that the sanctity of the dead must be preserved during transportation, washing, shrouding and burial, and therefore anyone who violates the two articles shall be punished with a fine of no less than 2,000 dinars and not more than 5,000 dinars.

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