Cultural reforms continue
Everything started with golden teeth last year. During the visit to one of rural schools Emomali Rahmon met a teacher with golden teeth which caused a bit of irritation of him and he decided to ban wearing of golden teeth throughout the country. For some reasons this decision of him was not transformed into decree. Later on, this kind of decisions of the president came one after the other. The decree on ban of golden teeth would be funny but other decisions of Rahmon ban on Slavic endings in names, ban on head scarves and miniskirts at schools, ban on Soviet style holidays at schools, ban on cell phones and cars at schools – were reinforced by law.
To all these bans were added two more. Yesterday, president Rahmon in republican conference on regulation of national traditions and customs proposed fines for the lavish weddings and funerals.
Those who break the rules will have to pay a fee — about $600 for ordinary citizens and up to $1,500 for civil servants.
The debate on lavish weddings was started long ago and there were established special commissions which were responsible for convincing the population to organize modest weddings and there were even fines but they were lower in comparison to the latest fines. President Rahmon argues that people uselessly spend too much money in two to three days. He says that it would be better if they spend the money for something else. In his opinion lavish wedding is just an eye service.
“According to the state statistic agency, people spend 4.5 to 5 billion somoni a year on various events, whereas state revenues are about 3.3 billion somoni ($960 million),” domestic media quoted Rakhmon as saying.
“On wedding and funeral ceremonies alone, people spent more than a billion somoni last year, and the cattle used to make meals for these events numbered more than 500,000 head,” he said.
In order to make lesser the expenses on weddings and funerals president suggests to invite less guests than the people used to.
According to the new law, the number of guests should not be more than 200 during the weddings and the wedding cortege should not consist of more than four cars. The commemoration should be organized on 40th day after a death and the number of guests should not exceed 100 people.
I would agree with the president that it is useless to invite thousand and more people to weddings or any other ceremonies but it is about privacy. It is always deleterious when a state tries to regulate the private life of the population by certain laws. These fines will not solve the problem. People will pay the fines and organize big weddings. Also no one would care about the state fines if he/she loses his/her relative or a close person. These fines are another source for some corrupt officials to stuff their pockets.