Qatar: CMC recommends shisha ban for women, people under 21

'Sexist and discriminatory,' say social network users

11 October, 15:58

(ANSAmed) - DOHA, OCTOBER 11 - The social networks are up in arms over a Doha Central Municipal Council (CMC) recommendation banning women and anyone under 21 from smoking shishas in public, local media reported on Thursday.

The non-binding CMC recommendation, which is to be submitted to the urban planning ministry, also calls for shutting down the smoking rooms in bars, restaurants and cafes.

This amounts to ''a sexist and discriminatory measure'' and has nothing to do with smoking, according to some social network commentators, because traditionally dressed women often prefer to patronize the smoking rooms, which are generally out of the public eye.

And they may be right, as one former CMC member admitted that the council is against such rooms, because women often sit there with men who are not their relatives. (ANSAmed).

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