Tajikistan administration tackling radical Islamism by shaving beards and removing hijabs

Radical Islamism is increasingly becoming a threat for the sovereignty and security for both Islamic and non-Islamic nations. Various countries have already taken strict steps to curb the growth of Radical Islamism on their lands. And now, the administration of Tajikistan, a Muslim majority country, has also expressed strong desires of blocking the growth of the radical school of Islam by taking extrema measures.

In a crackdown, police in the central Asian state of Tajikistan have forcibly shaved nearly 13,000 men and ‘convinced’ 1,700 women to remove their headscarves in a bid to eradicate radical Islam in the country.

Apart from the crackdown on long beards, deemed auspicious by some Muslims and headscarves, Tajikistan parliament also recently passed a resolution banning Arabic sounding names. It may be noted that Muslims across the world including those in India, prefer to bear Arabic names. Tajikistan government perceives such practices as Arabic cultural aggression on its indigenous culture.

The crackdown, aimed at reducing ‘foreign influences’, is the latest in a series of moves by the government to tackle extremism. According to Radio Liberty, a central Asian focused blog, who sourced the official Tajik news agency, police ‘brought to order’ men whose beards were deemed ‘too long and unkempt’.

Despite being a Muslim majority country, Tajikistan is a secular state. In September, the country’s only Islamic party was banned from the political system. The country’s President Emomali Rahmon, has been in power since 1994 and his current term ends in 2020.