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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

Oh no! T-shirts, pigeon-flying, make-up and loud music may be banned

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Written by Hamed Haidary


Draft law calls for ban on 'offensive' traditions and 'Western' culture

PARLIAMENT has been handed draft legislation that calls for a vast array of anti-modern laws to be imposed on all sections of society in another sign of the so-called “Talibanisation” of Afghanistan.

Heavy fines would be dished out to anyone who fails to obey the new laws, and vehicles travelling into the country would be searched for material deemed offensive to Islam under the new law.

The legislation would ban:

• Men from wearing bracelets, designer jeans, necklaces, earrings and T-shirts

• Men from growing their hair long, “like a girl’s”

• Pigeon flying, animal fighting and playing with birds on rooftops

• Men and women from talking with each other in public, unless they are related

• Loud music and loud speakers at weddings and restaurants

• Betting in snooker clubs

• Shops selling “revealing” clothing

• TVs, radios and cable companies from airing programmes that are anti-Islamic and detrimental to the young

• People from selling, keeping or importing DVDs or photos of naked or semi-naked women

• People from swearing at children or women in public

. Girls would also have to start wearing the Hejab “properly” by covering all of their hair with the shawl.
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