Iran Bans Mannequins With Curves, Western Clothes
Police in Iran are ordering store owners to cover up mannequins that expose curves or hair. All mannequins must wear head scarves - hijabs- as well as loose-fitting clothing to counter Western influences.
The ban is one of President Ahmadinejad's attempts to enforce religious dress codes in Iran. Since his inauguration in 2005, numerous crackdowns have been made on shop owners to make sure they are complying. It has been common for police to check on shop keepers in the hot summer months, but winter examinations are becoming more common. Police also warn men with "Western" hairstyles, and women who show off curves with tight pants.
Violators are often given a warning after their first offence, and can be taken to court or ordered to take "guidance classes" if they don't cover the mannequins.
'Both showing necktie and bowtie behind the windows ... and (the) selling (of) women's underwear by men are prohibited,' said the police statement.