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Tanzanian District Prohibits Vendors From Displaying Clothes With Barely Half-Naked Mannequins

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A Tanzanian district has outlawed the use of scantily dressed mannequins outside of businesses.

Rashid Msaraka, the district chief of Unguja town in the country’s Zanzibar islands, claimed that the directive was intended to safeguard the nation’s values.

According to BBC News, Mr. Msaraka claimed that such mannequins could still be on display in stores in an interview with a well-known blogger.

He claimed that the naked mannequins that lined the exterior of the building were visible to children and young people and might divert their attention.

I know other districts will also follow suit, he said. “We have received complaints from people who are concerned about the psychological effects.”

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Similar to this, SaharaReporters reported in June 2021 that the Kano State Hisbah Board in Northwest Nigeria had prohibited tailors, supermarkets, and boutique owners in the state from using mannequins to display clothing.

This was previously revealed in a statement by Ustaz Harun Muhammad Sani Ibn Sina, the Hisbah Commander-in-Chief.

Ibn Sina claimed that the use of mannequins by tailors, shop owners, and others was against Islamic edicts.

He continued by saying that the organization would inform people about how Islam forbids the use of mannequins and dispatch its agents to capture and prosecute offenders.

“Hisbah forbids the use of mannequins at shops, commercial and private residences, and other public places,” the statement said. This contravenes Islamic rules and is the cause of some people’s immoral thoughts; all of these are against Islam.

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“For the purpose of monitoring and enforcing the ban throughout the state, we have divided Kano into five areas.”

Hisbah, the organization created to enforce Sharia law in some northern Nigerian states, had also outlawed fashionable haircuts, sagging pants, and DJ music at social gatherings.

Additionally, they have been taking away tricycles from their owners because they were decorated with images that were deemed obscene and against Islamic principles.

Additionally, Hisbah forbade commercial motorcycle and tricycle riders from transporting two women simultaneously.

This was in addition to other odd directives that the Islamic police had issued.

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