Taliban arrests two barbers in Herat for shaving beards

HERAT, Afghanistan — Taliban detained two barbers on Thursday in Ghorian district, Herat province, for allegedly shaving customers’ beards, according to sources.

Sources added that Taliban’s vice and virtue officials said that the arrests were made for failing to comply with their orders.

Taliban’s Ministry of Vice and Virtue had previously directed barbershops to avoid shaving beards and adopting Western hairstyles.

Over the past nearly three years, Taliban has implemented strict policies that limit personal freedoms.