This story dates back to August 21, the first day of Ramadan in 2009, but even though we don’t generally post archived material this is worth posting for what it illustrates about attitudes toward Islamic observance and personal freedom in Kuwait. “Woman nabbed for chewing gum on the first day of Ramadan,” from Arab Times, n.d. (thanks to Twostellas):
Kuwait : A woman was arrested on the first day of Ramadan for breaking her fast by chewing gum.
According to sources, security officers from the Hawalli governorate spotted the woman chewing gum at 5:30 am while they were on patrol duty. When they questioned her about the act, she said she had the personal freedom to do as she pleased.
She was referred to the authorities and a case was registered….