The Taliban will behead store mannequins in clothing stores in the Herat province, saying their use is a breach of Sharia law because the mannequins represent ‘idols’, according to the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (MPVPV).
Shopkeepers in Herat are said to be dismayed at the new announcement from Taliban authorities, which was first reported by Sputnik. The edict issued by the Taliban government was a less-severe form of the original edict, which had called for shopkeepers to destroy the mannequins altogether.
When the retailers argued they had spent large amounts of money for the mannequins, the Taliban changed the ruling and opted to behead the mute mannequins instead.
Shopkeepers in Herat are unhappy about the new ruling, citing significant financial losses even with the bodies of the mannequins intact. “The heads of the mannequins should be covered, not removed. Each mannequin costs $100, or $80 or $70, and beheading them will be a huge financial loss,” Abdul Wadood Faiz Zada, head of trade association in Herat, told Republica.
The move is the latest in a string of crackdowns since the Taliban took over from the Afghan government in August upon the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Last week, the Taliban announced women are not allowed to travel more than 45 miles without a close male relative accompanying them. The new laws contradict the Taliban’s pledge to rule fairly when it first reclaimed power last year.
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