The Kedah police and mosque officials found a man drenching in sweat while hiding under the bed of a single mom’s house in Kota Sarang Semut, Alor Setar.
It’s believed that the 32-year-old man did so out of fear of getting caught of committing khalwat (close proximity) for staying at the 33-year-old widow’s house. As per Harian Metro, the raid took place earlier in the morning on Wednesday (14th July).
Chief Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division of the Kedah Islamic Religious Affairs Department (JAIK) Syeikh Radzi Abdul Mutalib said, the man who worked at the hardware store had his own excuse of staying at the woman’s house. “The inspection found that the house was also inhabited by the woman’s father and her three children,” he revealed.
Syeikh Radzi continued by saying, “The father of the woman is believed to be ill, and this is when the man took the opportunity to stay at the woman’s house. During the raid, the man hid under the bed in the second room of the house to avoid himself from getting arrested.”
Despite the man’s excuse, the couple was detained on suspicion of khalwat after failing to provide any documents proving that they are husband-and-wife or mahram (related by blood). They were then taken to a nearby police station for an arrest report.
The case is being investigated under Section 25 of the Kedah Syariah Criminal Offenses Enactment 2014. If convicted, the duo can be fined no more than RM3,000, or sentenced to two years imprisonment or both.
Source: Harian Metro.