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In Kuwait, mixed-gender coffee shops are a ‘menace’

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Kuwaiti lawmakers have called for the closure of mixed-gender coffee shops where men and women interact together and smoke shisha in Kuwait city, the UAE-based Gulf News reported on Sunday.

The MPs are calling the coffee shops “immoral” and a “menace” to society, according to Gulf News.

Three Kuwaiti ministers could be interrogated by parliament if the places are not closed within one month, warned the lawmakers.

“We will not hesitate to grill the competent ministers if these immoral coffee shops are not shut down within one month,” MP Askar al-Enezi said, quoted by local media, reported Gulf News.

Enezi also took part in a rally on Saturday to push for actions against the coffee shops especially in the al-Jahra area, where other MPs, residents and religious figures accused the shops of promoting vice.

“Such coffee shops have no room in our society as they violate our very traditions and customs as well as the spirit of the Constitution which stipulates the state's responsibility in maintaining the values of the family considered as the core of the community and in protecting the youth,” Gulf News quoted him as saying.