A barber’s association in a northern Bangladesh town has warned its members that they will face fines if they give “foreign” haircuts or beard styles, an official said Thursday.
An association order has been hung up at every barber shop in the town of Bhuapur in the conservative Muslim-majority South Asian nation of 165 million people.
Any stylists infringing the directive face fines of 40,000 taka ($480).
Flamboyant hairstyles adopted by some of the Bollywood and Hollywood movie heroes and top cricketers have become increasingly popular among young men in Bangladesh, where short and neat cuts used to be the norm.
The head of the association Shekhar Chandra Sheel told AFP they took the measure following a request from the local police chief.
“He asked us not to cut hair and beards following the Western model. He said these hairstyles are spoiling our young generation,” he said.
He said barber shops in the neighboring towns of Sakhipur and Basail have also adopted similar measures.
Bhuapur police official Rashedul Islam said that he made the appeal after local parents, guardians and teachers urged him to stop their sons getting foreign styles.
“I asked the barbers to come and have a cup of tea with me. And I requested them not to cut hair like the ones done by errant young men,” he said.
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