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Bangladesh using 'Arabic' to stop peeing at public places

04:38 PM | 7 May, 2015
Bangladesh using 'Arabic' to stop peeing at public places
DHAKA (Web Desk) - For years authorities in Bangladesh have battled to stop men urinating in public, with signs in the local Bengali language failing to halt the seemingly endless number of offenders.

But the Bangladesh religious affairs ministry’s recent decision to erect new signs in Arabic has had a marked effect, despite most Bangladeshis being unable to read the language.

For most in the mainly-Muslim country, Arabic is sacred because it is the language their holy book, the Quran, was revealed in.

“This campaign has received a great positive response so far,” Anwar Hossain, a ministry spokesperson, told AFP. “Bangladeshi people respect Arabic and we’ve just utilised that.”

A two-minute video against public urination that promotes the new Arabic signs has gone viral in Bangladesh since it was uploaded onto social media earlier this week.

A group of people are shown approaching a public wall, but then jump back for fear of committing a sin when they see the Arabic sign against peeing in public.

“I don’t understand why people urinate by the roadsides. Especially when every mosque provides public toilet facilities,” Matior Rahman, the country’s religious affairs minister, says in the video.

The campaign however has sparked a strong rebuke from influential cleric Fariduddin Masud, who said it tarnished the prestige of the Arabic language.

“Nobody has the right to use the language of the Quran for such a campaign,” the cleric said, according to online newsportal Natunbarta.com.

“The people of the country respect Arabic but that does not mean that we’ll tolerate the use of Arabic to stop people from urinating (at street corners).”

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.

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Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

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Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

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US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
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Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
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Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
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