“We have asked the merchants to cut off the heads of the mannequins, because it is against the (Islamic) law of ‘sharia'”, confirmed on Wednesday Aziz Rahman, head of the service for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Herat, a city of about 600,000 inhabitants and the third largest city in the country.
“If they just cover their heads, or hide the mannequin (totally), the angel of Allah will not enter the store or their house to bless them,” he said.
According to him, the merchants promised to obey.
Since Tuesday, a video has circulated on social networks in which men are seen cutting the heads of female plastic mannequins with saws.
At the moment, the Taliban have not issued a national order on these plastic figures, which have no place in their strict interpretation of Islamic law, since it prohibits human representations.
During his first regime at the helm of the country, in the 1990s, the Taliban destroyed several historical statues of Buddhas, an action that caused stupor in the world.
Since they returned to power, the Islamists promise to be more moderate, to try to change their international image and receive humanitarian aid.
But the truth is that they have imposed new restrictions, especially against women and girls.