Taliban ban barbers from shaving or trimming beards
Published: 15:23 27 September 2021
The Taliban have banned hairdressers in Afghanistan's Helmand province from shaving or trimming beards, saying it breaches their interpretation of Islamic law. - Reports BBC
Anyone violating the rule will be punished, Taliban religious police say.
Some barbers in the capital Kabul have said they also received similar orders.
The instructions suggest a return to the strict rulings of the group's past tenure in power, despite promises of a milder form of government.
Since taking power last month, the Taliban have carried out harsh punishments on opponents. On Saturday, the group's fighters shot dead four alleged kidnappers and their bodies were hung in the streets of the western city of Herat.
In a notice posted on salons in southern Helmand province, Taliban officers warned that hairdressers must follow Sharia law for haircuts and beards.
During the Taliban's first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, the hardline Islamists banned flamboyant hairstyles and insisted that men grow beards.
But since then, clean-shaven looks have become popular and many Afghan men have gone to salons for fashionable cuts.
But the barbers, who have not been named to protect their safety, say the new rules are making it hard for them to make a living. - BBC
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