15 Feb '11, 6am

Malaysia has arrested nearly 100 Muslims in a Valentine's Day crackdown

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIA has arrested nearly 100 Muslims in a religious crackdown on Valentine's Day, officials said on Tuesday, after Islamic authorities warned the celebration encourages 'vice activities'. Raids across the capital and central Selangor state, saw 96 individuals detained for 'khalwat', or 'close proximity', an Islamic law barring Muslims from being alone with someone of the opposite sex other than their spouse. The mass arrests came after religious authorities in the Muslim-majority nation warned against 'immoral acts' during Valentine's Day, saying they wanted to promote a sin-free lifestyle. In Kuala Lumpur, religious enforcement officers raided budget hotels and public parks ahead of Valentine's Day detaining 16 Muslims, mainly teenagers, a spokesman from the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department told AFP. 'The operation was part our regular raids...

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