Great Idea Though! Tajiks Probe Fake Permits For Hijab, Beards

USHANBE — Tajik prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected fraud in connection with the sale of bogus permits to unsuspecting people hoping to avoid falling afoul of official efforts to combat religious extremism.

The “permits” — which grant permission to Muslims to wear long beards in the case of men, or head scarves (hijabs) in the case of women — purport to be from the State Committee for Religion and Traditions and Rites Regulations.

Officials at the Prosecutor-General’s Office told RFE/RL on May 18 that investigations are targeting the “repeated forgery of documents” and the “incitement of religious, ethnic, racial, and social hatred.”

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