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Afghanistan: Taliban to 'behead' mannequins in clothing stores citing breach of Sharia law
The Taliban has moved to shape Afghanistan in accordance with its religious beliefs since taking control back in August. The insurgent group has reportedly ordered to have the heads of mannequins in Afghanistan’s clothing stores be removed.
According to WION News, Afghan media said that the Taliban decided to remove the heads of mannequins that are used in clothing stores in the Herat province of Afghanistan. The insurgent group cited that the mannequins were breaching Sharia law, ruling that the mannequins were “idols.”
The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice initially ordered all the shops in Herat to remove the mannequins. However, when the businesses complained of suffering major losses due to the ruling, the ministry amended its order to have the heads of the mannequins removed instead. Business owners still complained that removing the heads of the mannequins still led to significant financial losses.
One business owner, Abdul Wadood Faiz Zada told Italian news outlet Republicca that the heads of the mannequins should be covered instead of removed, noting the cost of the mannequin that ranged between $70, $80, and $100.
Meanwhile, Afghan citizens have reportedly been purchasing fake illness documents in order to apply for passports. This follows a new policy by the insurgent group stating that those with illnesses, athletes, and government officials are only allowed to acquire passports.
Following the evacuation of the US and other western forces from Afghanistan, Kabul’s passport office temporarily paused the process which later resumed operations back on September 5. The passport issuing process started in 14 more provinces in Afghanistan back in December, bringing the total up to 32 provinces now undergoing passport processing.
Passport department data has shown that over 125,000 passports have already been issued so far. Out of desperation, Afghans sought to obtain fake illness documents by offering money to commission agents, according to a probe by the Pajhwok Afghan News.
A spokesperson of the Central Passport Department told the outlet that the distribution of passports in Kabul was suspended as per orders from the Interior ministry but the process started online in order to avoid overcrowding the offices in the midst of the pandemic. This, however, has led Afghans to take the illegal approach in order to obtain passports.