Tehran: The hardline lawmakers of Iran have drafted a bill in parliament which calls for tough punishment for dog owners, reports stated.
The drafted bill, which is signed by 32 MPs and yet to pass the final approval, proposes a punishment of 74 lashes for people caught playing with, stroking or exercising their dogs outdoors. Furthermore, the violators could also face fines that could range between 10 million rials to 100 million rials ($370 to $3,700 approx) for dog-related offences, said AFP.
"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.
Confiscated animals would be sent to zoos, forests or the wilderness, it said.
Under Islamic custom dogs are considered unclean and are not common in Iran. Moreover, patting dogs and coming in direct contact with their saliva is called 'najis'. However, despite being considered 'Haram', many families secretly keep dogs as pet in affluent areas.
Iran's morality police, who deploy in public places, have previously stopped dog walkers and either cautioned them or confiscated the animals.
The drafted bill, however, exempts police, farmers and hunters from any penalty.
(With AFP inputs)