In France, a psycopath confessing Islamic faith stabbed a 19-year-old girl three times today. He told police that he had heard voices ordering him to make a sacrifice on the occasion for the Ramadan fast. The man had been in and out of psychiatric wards several times, and was being treated for schizophrenia.
The 32-year-old man was assessed by a doctor and sent to a psychiatric hospital after stabbing the girl twice in the wrist and once in the abdomen as ‘sacrifice on the occasion’ of the fast. Fortunately, the teenager’s wounds are not life-threatening.
In China, the Ramadan fast is banned for civil servants, students and children. China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, a home to the more than 10 million strong mostly Muslim Uighur minority. It has also ordered restaurants to stay open.
“Party members, cadres, civil servants, students and minors must not fast for Ramadan and must not take part in religious activities. During the Ramadan month, food and drink businesses must not close.”
Officials agreed to “increase contact with parents”, to “prevent fasting during Ramadan”. Restaurants were instructed to stay open during Ramadan to “ensure that the broader masses have normal access to cuisine”.
Anti-social behaviours have been shown to increase during the month of Ramadan. In a study done on the Arab world, experts claimed that increases in blood crimes (+1.5%) and theft (+3.5%) were observed during Ramadan. Child trafficking, a trade that sometimes goes unpunished in Yemen, is expected to increase during the fast as food prices rise and parents struggle to provide for their children.
An Igbo carpenter, Mr. Francis Emmanuel was recently mobbed for eating his afternoon meal during the Ramadan fast in Kaduna. The 41-year old man narrated how six men had accosted him demanding to know if he was Christian or Muslim which then followed a mobbing that left him half-dead.