Taliban bans hairdressers from shaving or trimming beards

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The Taliban have banned some hairdressers in Afghanistan from shaving or cutting beards as the militant group stepped up its strict regime based on Islamic law within a month of seizing control of the country.

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A local journalist said in a tweet that a letter signed by Taliban officials called on Salon to apply “Puritanical Islamic Law” and warned that violators would be punished.

“In Helmand, a letter signed by the provincial director of Propaganda and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention – the Office for the Enforcement of Purist Islamic Law – warns hair salons not to trim or shave beards. A lack of enforcement means There will be punishment and embarrassment,” the tweet read.

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According to BBC News, this rule has been implemented in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan and parts of the capital Kabul.

Local salons in the South Asian country have also reported an increase in investigations from the Taliban. A hairdresser running a major salon in Kabul said he received a call from a Taliban official instructing him to “stop following American styles”.

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The Taliban’s interpretation of Sharia law includes conservative views such as asking men to shave beards in an effort to break away from Western lifestyle practices, punishing crimes by hanging and amputation, and restricting access to education and employment for women. to restrict.

Soon after coming to power by force in Afghanistan, the Taliban promised to move away from their previous hardline and ultra-conservative regime of the late 90s. But over the past few weeks, some of these policies have shown signs of a comeback.

On Saturday, Taliban fighters shot dead four alleged kidnappers and hanged their bodies in the streets of the Afghan city of Herat.

A senior leader of the terrorist group said last week that punishment through amputation and hanging would be reintroduced in Afghanistan. Mulla Nooruddin Turabi, a leader known for his extremist views, said he could not be done in public.

“Cutting off hands is very necessary for safety,” Turabi said, claiming it would act as a deterrent.

During their previous regime, the Taliban banned Afghans from listening to music, watching television, and barring women from working or attending schools. It required women to be accompanied by a male guardian in public and if found in violation, women were publicly beaten as a form of “punishment”.

Trying to show its departure from the previous regime, the Taliban said it would now allow girls to study and work, but only if in a separate classroom without boys. It has ordered universities and colleges to separate gender with walls or curtains.

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