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.”

  • tom_billesley

    They’ve pinched the idea from Tsar Peter the Great – he instituted a beard tax.

  • Frau Katze

    I posted an earlier story saying the govt was “considering” banning beards. This article notes

    The development takes place against a backdrop of a Tajik government campaign to promote secularism. Tajik authorities have banned religious head scarves for schoolgirls, prohibited minors from mosques, and forced thousands of students to return home from Islamic schools abroad in recent months.

    On April 27, the Tajik Interior Ministry said two police officers in the northern Sughd Province had been reprimanded after a video showing them forcing a local Muslim to shave his beard circulated on the Internet.

    Meanwhile, media reports in Tajikistan suggested police pressure on Muslims across the country to shave their beards has been on the rise.