Crime and prostitution are said to increase during the month of Ramadan.
Hasyim Muzadi, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU), says he is concerned that crime rates increase sharply as the celebration of Idul Fitri/Lebaran nears. He says the burdens and obligations of celebrating the holidays leads to more people robbing and stealing, doing things which are in fact against religion.
Hasyim Muzadi said the problem was rooted in poverty, crime had to be tackled by dealing with poverty first. He is said to have quoted from a hadith, wherein Muhammad says that poverty can lead to a person becoming kufur, or in a state of unbelief. There were many different manifestations of kufur, said Hasyim, and stealing was one of them.
Meanwhile an official of the Jakarta city administration, A Sjarief Mustafa, says that the number of prostitutes caught by his office had increased from 94, before Ramadan, to 264 during it. He also said that the numbers of beggars had increased.
He claimed that the incidence of social ills such as begging and prostitution always increased during the "holy month", and said that people from the provinces often used the "momentum" of Ramadan to come to Jakarta and seek money from the Jakarta's residents.
On the streets of Jakarta, specifically Tanah Abang in central Jakarta, it is reported by Tempo that many bars and entertainment places are open almost as usual. Near the Tanah Abang station fifty stalls selling liquor are open. Each one has a number of women acting as hostesses for the men drinking, it is said. The women are also available for "dating", at a price of 75-100 thousand rupiah.