FAMILIES in the Northern Governorate could soon be banned from hanging their underwear out to dry in public. The ban has been proposed by municipal councillors, who say it is offensive to Bahrain's Islamic traditions.It would only affect residents living on main roads in Budaiya, Saar, Diraz, Shakhura and some parts of Hamad Town.
Councillors have now submitted their proposal to Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Minister Ali Saleh Al Saleh, who is expected to reply within two weeks.
"Buildings on main roads are being taken over by foreign labourers," said Northern Municipal Council chairman Majeed Al Sayed.
"This is because Bahrainis prefer moving into the quieter areas inside villages, away from the noise of cars.
"These foreigners are not properly acquainted with our country's culture, where it is sometimes offensive to do things that might be totally acceptable where they come from.
"We have received numerous complaints from residents regarding the matter of underwear being hung outside these buildings to dry.
"It substantially damages the appearance of our area, especially since the buildings are located on some of the main roads.
"Therefore, we came up with a proposal to ban it."
The ban would mainly target people who hang out underwear to dry on balconies.
If it is approved, anyone caught hanging their underwear where others can see it will be given a notice.
"If they repeat the act, stricter measures will be taken, which may even include police intervention," said Mr Al Sayed.
Only those living on main roads would be affected.