Taliban orders shop owners in Western Afghanistan to cut heads off mannequins

Written by on January 6, 2022

The Taliban have ordered shop owners in Western Afghanistan to cut the heads off mannequins, insisting figures representing the human form violate Islamic law.

Since returning to power in August, the Taliban have increasingly imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law and severely curtailed freedoms – particularly those of women and girls.

While the hardline Islamists have not issued any formal national policy on mannequins – or other creeping restrictions – various local authorities are clamping down on what they say are immoral practices.

Some shopkeepers had tried to get around the decapitation order by covering mannequin heads with scarves or bags, but Aziz Rahman, Head of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Herat, said they did not go far enough, adding that if they just cover the head or hide the entire mannequin, the angel of Allah will not enter their shop or house and bless them.

Several shopkeepers in the city of around 600,000 were angered by the order, lamenting that each dummy had cost 5,000 afghanis (around $50), they noted that customer likes it when the garment is draped properly over a mannequin.

Ango Bally           

 


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