The Taliban in Afghanistan’s Helmand region have forbidden barbershops from shaving or trimming beards, claiming that it violates their interpretation of Islamic law and that anyone discovered breaking the regulation will be punished.
The Taliban have carried out harsh punishments on opponents since gaining control in Afghanistan last month.
Four purported kidnappers were shot dead by the group’s fighters on Saturday, September 25th, and their bodies were hung in the streets of Herat province.
Barbers in Kabul’s capital say they’ve been instructed not to trim beards. Taliban officers informed hairdressers in southern Helmand province that they must obey Sharia law for haircuts and beards in a notice displayed at salons.
The note, which was viewed by the BBC, stated, “No one has a right to complain.”
One barber in Kabul claimed, “The fighters keep coming and instructing us to stop trimming beards.”
“They said they may send undercover inspectors to catch us,” one of them said.
Another hairdresser, who owns one of the city’s largest salons, claimed he received a call from a government official. They told him not to shave or trim anyone’s beard and to “stop adopting American patterns.”
The Taliban outlawed showy haircuts and required males to grow beards during their first term in power, which lasted from 1996 to 2001.
Despite pledges to the West that it would be more sensitive and moderate in its governance this time around, the new orders signal a return to the group’s previous rigorous rule.
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