Taliban ban barbers from shaving beards and playing music in Helmand province


The new regulations mark the latest in a series of restrictions imposed on the Afghan people based on the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

“You are urgently informed that from today it is strictly forbidden to shave your beard and play music in hairdressing salons and public baths,” the local authority said in Sunday. a statement.

“If it turns out that a barber shop or a public bath has shaved someone’s beard or played music, he will be treated according to the principles of Sharia law and he will not have the right to complain, “the statement added.

While the Taliban have said their regime will be milder than it was during their previous tenure in government, there have been numerous reports of harsh crackdowns since taking power in the nation in August. , including the detention and assault of journalists, the use of whips against women participating in demonstrations and the public hanging of suspected criminals.
The group also did not allow Afghan girls and women to return to secondary education, despite promises the female students would be allowed to study. Afghan boys have already been called upon to return to school.
When in power between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban denied women and girls access to education and work and severely restricted their rights. Today, women have been completely excluded from the country’s new hard-line government and in some cases have been ordered to leave their workplaces.

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