Your wedding night in prison. If you were a Yemeni groom and shooting in your wedding

Your wedding night in prison. If you were a Yemeni groom and shooting in your wedding

It is fashionable in Yemen to fire shots in the air during weddings, which have traditionally been inherited decades ago in various regions of the Arab country, especially in the countryside.

But curiously, in the recent period, the police have put grooms in prison on their wedding night, due to the shooting of a live-in wedding procession.

Many Yemenis boast gunfire in the air when receiving guests, or during the wedding procession while going to the bride's house.

In many areas, parents, relatives and friends of the groom release shots in the air using Kalashnikov or pistols, sometimes through machine guns and grenades.

The continuation of this phenomenon is conducive to the significant proliferation of arms in the hands of civilians in Yemen.

According to a report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2012, Yemen ranks second, behind the United States of America, in the prevalence of weapons among citizens, with 54.8 weapons per 100 Yemeni. ...

* * Wedding victims

However, this phenomenon began to lead grooms on their wedding night to a place that had never been taken into account, namely imprisonment.

On August 14 August, the police of Aden, the temporary capital of the south, announced that the security forces had imprisoned a groom.

It attributed the fact that participants at his wedding had fired heavily in the air while passing through the neighborhood and the streets, endangering the lives of bystanders and the population.

"This act is in vain with the provisions of the law, regulations, laws and recent decisions taken by the Aden Security Administration," it said.

It stressed that there had been a previous warning that shots had been fired, which had resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries, including women and children.

In less than two weeks, the Aden security Department detained four grooms, who were imprisoned, for shooting participants in their wedding ceremonies and for blowing up sound bombs.

Usually, the detention is continued for 24 hours in police stations, before the case is referred to the competent prosecutor.

* * Security Handling

To stop the damage, the Yemeni Ministry of the Interior has repeatedly issued circulars on the need to cease firing shots at weddings, but this has not been a major response.

Colonel Ahmed Saeed Sharabi, criminal research officer of the Kriter District Police Department in the center of Aden, said that "random shots are fired at weddings, with a large arms load spreading among the population".

"There are people who shoot at weddings and are not capable of causing civilian casualties during weddings," he said.

"There is more than one case of murder recorded in the past, because of the random firing of bullets at weddings," he said.

"The security services have taken resolute measures to curb the shooting at weddings because of their damage," Sharabi said.

"In the face of this negative phenomenon, the police have had to take vigorous action, such as detaining the groom, to make it a deterrent to all, in order to limit the shooting at weddings," he said.

On the reason for the detention of the groom and not the shooter, Sharabi explained that "at weddings, there are large numbers of participants in the ceremony, and the authorities are not aware of the shooting".

"The police resort to the detention of the groom, who is responsible for shooting at his wedding, and who is also capable of preventing it," he added.

"There is difficulty in identifying who shoots shots in the wedding procession, which may have dozens of cars loaded with people celebrating the wedding," he said.

The role of the police in confronting this phenomenon is not limited to security treatment after the firing of bullets but tries to prevent it from happening.

"The police forces have coordinated with the Imams of mosques and the officials of the neighborhood, to help reduce the phenomenon in residential neighborhoods," Sharabi said.

"The phenomenon has recently declined, after the decisive action of the police forces," he said.

"There are grooms who are beginning to understand, knowing in advance who will come to his wedding not to shoot at the wedding procession," he said.

"The compliments and celebration of the wedding should not be at the expense of people's lives," he stressed. Enough of the victims who fall into wars. We don't want to rejoice and kill others. "

More than three years ago, Yemenis suffered the ravages of a regionally supported civil war between government forces and Ansar Allah (al-Houthi) militants.

* * Psychological considerations

Yemenis still hold shots at weddings, considering that they reflect their happiness, as well as being inherited.

Hanan Ali, a Yemeni social specialist, told Anatolia that "shooting at weddings is usually an old one in our right community and has psychological considerations."

"Many families insist on continuing this habit because they believe they are happy and happy, whether for the wedding or their guests," she said.

"But that joy depends on the end of the ceremony in peace, without injury or the end of life of a person with a stray bullet," he said.

"The society is also affected by those annoying voices (for firing bullets), which terrorize the security in their homes," she said.

And I followed you «Although there are legislative and tribal laws that oblige parents not to shoot at weddings, they have no effect on many.

It called on the authorities to enact binding and deterrent laws to curb the spread of the phenomenon.

* * Difficult living conditions

Despite the widespread practice of shooting at weddings and the fact that it is a Yemeni heritage, Yemenis criticize it, especially in the light of the very poor living conditions of their country.

Mohammed Ismail, a Yemeni citizen, told Anadolu that "shooting at weddings is a negative phenomenon that must be combated, especially in the context of the war conditions that Yemen is undergoing."

"There are priorities that all of you have to unite for... We are at war, and most people suffer from difficult living conditions that require us to help them overcome the crisis. "

"In addition to the death and injury caused by this phenomenon, it is assumed that the money spent in the shooting will be used in useful things," he added.

Ismail went on to say: "We can rejoice in many other ways, not by shooting... The weapon is not a symbol of joy, but of war and tragedy. "

He commented on the detention of grooms by the security forces by saying: "There should be another procedure, that the case can be treated far from the groom who lives the most beautiful days of his life."

Ismail concluded by calling on the police to "deal with the groom's family or his own, what happens to the bridegroom is unjust, waiting for the joy of his marriage for many years."


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