Kuwait: The State of Kuwait is an Islamic emirate known for its strict adherence to the religious tenets and teachings.
The officials are reported to have taken into custody nine functionaries of the Nava Chetana Welfare Association Kuwait (NCWAK), a body of non-resident Indians, for holding Shri Satyanarayana Puja in Kuwait recently.
The association, said to be affiliated to the embassy of India in Kuwait, has been organizing religious and cultural programme for many years. But a Satyanarayana Puja was held with much fanfare, sources in NCWAK, Apparently it was regarded as profession idolatry, which is taboo in Islam.
Informed sources from Kuwait gave the names of those taken into custody as president Ashok Kumar and office-bearers Yadava Poojary, Anil Kumar, Prashant Shetty, Purushottam Kuckian, Arun Shetty, Umesh Shetty, Satish Beluvai and Kumar Vamanjoor,
The Indians taken into custody hail from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka. No information on their whereabouts and welfare is available to their family members. They have appealed to Union minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj to intervene in the matter.
Most Gulf countries prohibit formation of any groups or associations, by the expatriates in the least. However, under the aegis of embassies of India, some activities are allowed in some states.
It is being said here that care and discretion is a must when holding any activity by the expatriates in counties like the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.