TEHRAN – A proposed law signed by 32 members in Iran suggest that those keeping a pet dog would be entitle of receiving 74 lashes.
According to an international news agency the draft bill was duly signed by 32 conservative lawmakers of Iranian parliament on Friday.
Report further stated that dogs are regarded as unclean under Islamic custom and they are not common in Iran, although some families do keep them behind closed doors and, especially in more affluent areas, walk them outside.
Iran’s morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or confiscated the animals.
But if the new bill is passed by parliament then those guilty of dog-related offences could face lashes or fines ranging from 10 million rials to 100 million rials ($370 to $3,700 at official rates).
“Anyone who walks or plays with animals such as dogs or monkeys in public places will damage Islamic culture, as well as the hygiene and peace of others, especially women and children,” the draft law states.