In Maharashtra, Muslims demand evening market hours, to buy food to break Ramzan fast

    28-Apr-2020
Residents of Dongri, Nagpada, and Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai reached out to various community leaders citing that with market hours restricted to the first half of the day, they are unable to procure food in the evening, Hindustan Times reported. 
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According to media reports, Aslam Malkani, a resident of Marine Lines, said, “People are finding it difficult to get food. If we are fasting all day, we will need good healthy things to eat in the night after we break our fast. But none of the shops or eateries are allowed to stay open then. We need some sleep after sehri [early morning meal], so by the time we wake up, markets are already shut. This will lead to more problems eventually.”
 
Some Muslims have written to the civic authorities and political leaders, asking for a change in the market hours in their locality. Some community leaders have suggested that families could purchase fruits and other essentials and for the entire week, instead of stepping out daily.