Having a beard in recent times, including in Nigeria, has become something of a fad.
In Tajikistan however, having a beard is seen as a sign of Islamic radicalism and frowned upon. And when subtlety doesn’t work, the police come in with clippers.
According to Aljazeera: Police in Tajikistan have shaved nearly 13,000 people’s beards and closed more than 160 shops selling traditional Muslim clothing last year as part of the country’s fight against what it calls “foreign” influences.
The move is seen as part of efforts to battle what authorities deem “radicalism”.
Beards are not the only thing at risk. Law enforcement services convinced more than 1,700 women and girls to stop wearing headscarves. Shops selling hijabs have been closed down and last week, the country’s parliament voted to ban Arabic-sounding “foreign” names as well as marriages between first cousins.
So if you love your beard and want to keep baby boying, stay away from Tajikistan, or risk losing your beard.