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Many Iranians didn’t fast for Ramadan, police chief says

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REPORTING FROM TEHRAN -- Even in the heart of the Islamic republic, fully observant Muslims may not be in the majority.

Iran’s police chief estimates that as many as half of Tehran’s citizens eschewed fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, the most recent of which ended in late August, the Iranian media reported Monday.

Speaking to journalists at the International Press Fair in Tehran, Brig. Gen. Esmael Ahmadi-Moghaddam said that 20% to 50% of the capital’s population failed to fast during the holy period of contemplation and prayer.

Should law enforcement intervene? Not a good idea, said Iran’s top cop. “Police would interfere only when it happens in the public,” he was quoted as saying.

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Police officers, he said, cannot compensate for society’s failure to imbue proper Muslim practices in much of the population.

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