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Beards of 13,000 men in Tajiskitan shaved to end radicalism



In a move viewed as unheard of in some quarters, the beards of 13,000 grown up men in Tajikistan have been shaved in a bid to end radicalism in the country.

Local reports also say 160 shops selling traditional Muslim clothing and head scarves were also closed as part of the country’s fight against “foreign” influences.

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The head of the south-west Khathlon region’s police, Bahrom Sharifzoda said at a press conference on Wednesday that the law enforcement services has convinced more than 1,700 women and girls to stop wearing headscarves in the Muslim-majority Central Asian country.

Tajikistan’s secular leadership has long sought to prevent a spillover of radical traditions from neighbouring Afghanistan.

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