Jul 9 2010
Iranian fashion police have warned barbers against offering Western-style hair cuts, another sign of authorities cracking down on clothing and other fashion deemed to be against Islamic values.
“Western hairstyles … have been banned,” the newspaper Etemad said in a front-page headline. It came a week after police launched a crackdown against the growing number of young women testing the limits of the law with shorter, brighter and skimpier clothing ahead of the summer months.
Under Iran’s Islamic Sharia law, imposed after the 1979 revolution, women are obligated to cover their hair and wear long, loose-fitting clothes to disguise their figures.Violators can receive lashes, fines and imprisonment.
The head of the barbers’ union, Mohammad Eftekharifard, said police had instructed it to “exercise specific regulations in barbershops that work under its supervision.” Barbers who do not follow these rules might be closed down for a month and even lose their permits to operate, Etemad quoted him as saying. Now Public
*Stay tuned for the Women’s Modesty & Veil Festival coming later this month.