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Crimes increase by 30% during holy fasting month

Violence soars in Ramadan, study shows

Wednesday 14-06-2017 - 12:08 PM
Khalid Fahmy
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Cairo - While the holy month of Ramadan is meant to bring out our kinder, more spiritual nature, and love and care for others that is not always the case according to a new research study.
Crime rates increase during the holy fasting month of Ramadan by 20-30% due to unemployment and poverty, a study recently released by the National Center for Sociological and Criminological Research unveiled.
Islamic clerics attributed the high rates of violence to the lack of control, religious influence and religious sermons, poverty, unemployment and drug addiction.

Azharite scholars: Violence attributed to internet, TV serials

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Sheikh Ahmed Mahdy, headmaster of an Azharite school, said the reasons behind violence include lack of religious awareness, especially among young people, internet and TV satellite channels, where serials are broadcast to propagate brawls, violence and drugs. He added that some people think that fasting makes people nervous and causes tension prompting them to resort to violence.
Dr. Samia El-Khashab, professor of Sociology at Cairo University, said crime rates grow during Ramadan, particularly assaults such as beating and murder, is due to the moody temperament of people when they are fasting. She explained that smokers become very nervous during fasting hours and are ready to commit any crime when they abstain from food and drink. 

Psychologists: Difficult economic conditions cause tension among people

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El-Khashab pointed out that there are other reasons behind violence, including poverty, unemployment, poor living conditions, price hikes, difficulty in daily commutes, and low income.
Dr. Ahmed Taha, professor of Educational Psychology at Fayoum University, said it is supposed that brawls and violence take place because people have not understood the essential meaning of fasting, which is to be patient and resist natural inclinations.
He added that lack of discipline at work and laziness prompt people to fight or argue, while other people  might even steal to meet their needs because Egyptians suffer from economic pressure in terms of difficult daily, living conditions. 

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