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Ciarán
Jan 9th, 2011, 04:52 PM
:o


Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabab.

Under the ban imposed in the southern town of Jowhar, men and women who are not related are also barred from walking together or chatting in public.

It is the first time such social restrictions have been introduced.

The al-Shabab administration said those who disobeyed the new rules would be punished according to Sharia law.

The BBC's Mohamed Moalimuu in Mogadishu says the penalty would probably be a public flogging.

The militant group has already banned music in areas that it controls, which include most of central and southern Somalia.

Somalia has not had a stable government since 1991.

The UN-backed government only controls parts of Mogadishu and a few other areas.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12138627

Bismarck.
Jan 9th, 2011, 06:33 PM
Al-Shabab is essentially the Taliban for the 21st century. If it hasn't already, Somalia will soon be the country will the worst quality of life in the world.

A Magicman
Jan 9th, 2011, 06:51 PM
You see it from a wrong persective

That's an extremely progressive form of Muslim feminism.

meyerpl
Jan 9th, 2011, 07:16 PM
It's about time. Mixed-sex handshaking has been getting out of hand lately.

Tripp
Jan 9th, 2011, 08:39 PM
Not that it matters what any government in Somalia says, since the country is ruled by anarchism.

Bismarck.
Jan 9th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Not that it matters what any government in Somalia says, since the country is ruled by anarchism.

The official government has absolutely no power whatsoever but al-Shabab keeps heavy control over the south of the country.