ISLAMABAD - A popular Tajik pop star has been fined for celebrating her birthday, which is a breach of her country’s law on celebrations.
Firuza Khafizova was fined 5,000 somoni ($530) by a court in the capital of Dushanbe after she posted videos of her party on her Instagram link account, featuring her and her guests performing on stage, according to BBC.
Article 8 of Tajikistan’s regulations on traditions, celebrations and customs bans birthday celebrations outside the family home.
The prosecutor in her case defended the restrictions, saying they are in the best interest of citizens, so they can spend their money on family needs rather than on unnecessarily lavish celebrations.
But many Tajiks have taken to social media to vent their displeasure at the “strange law”, pointing out it is personal business in which the state shouldn’t interfere.