STORY: Muslims in India are asking for a change in the time of voting to early in the morning for the convenience of those who are observing water-less fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
For Muslims, Ramadan is a time to detach from worldly pleasures and focus on one’s prayers. They refrain from eating or drinking anything from dawn to dusk. The fast is intended to bring the devout closer to God and to remind them of the suffering of those less fortunate.
However, in the holy month, when the mercury is breaching the 40 degrees Celsius mark at most of the places in India, observing a fast is more difficult. The discomfort gets intensified when one has to stand in the long queues at the polling stations under the scorching sun to cast their votes.
Reportedly, India’s Election Commission rejected a plea that sought to advance the voting timings.
Ramadan started May 05 and will end on June 04. Hundreds of millions of voters are yet to vote in 118 constituencies are yet to undergo polls in two phases of India’s mammoth polls on May 12 and May 19.
Muslims constitute more than 14 percent of India’s majority Hindu population of nearly 1.3 billion.