Chinese court jails a man for 6 years for growing beard

Uighurs in China

BEIJING: A court in China’s mainly Muslim Xinjiang region has sentenced a man to six years in prison for “provoking trouble” and growing a beard, a practise discouraged by local authorities, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

The court in the desert oasis city of Kashgar sentenced the 38-year-old Uighur to six years, while his wife was given a two-year sentence, according to the China Youth Daily.

The man “had started growing his beard in 2010” while his wife “wore a veil hiding her face and a burqa”, the paper said.

The couple were found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”, a vague accusation regularly used in the Chinese judicial system.

For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards – a practice officials associate with extremist ideas…

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  • tom_billesley

    His wife only got two years. Was that because her beard is hidden by her veil and so is less offensive?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Zing!

  • winniec

    “– a practice officials associate with extremist ideas… ”
    What? Beards with clipped jihad mustache? Face-covering veil? Veil that says THIS IS A SUPREMACIST BRIDE…KEEPA YOU HANDS OFF!
    What could go wrong with supremacists who believe they have a duty to revenge-kill everybody in sight?