Man jailed for six years for growing a beard

By Samantha Luiz
02 April 2015

A court in China has sentenced a man to six years in prison for “provoking trouble” because he grew a beard.

The unidentified man, from Uighur minority, was reportedly given several warnings before he was ordered to appear in court. His wife will also be serving time. She was sentenced to two years for wearing a veil that hides her face.

Growing beards is discouraged in China because authorities believe it is linked to extremist ideals. The Uighurs do not agree with these principles.

The couple were found guilty of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble".

The man “had started growing his beard in 2010” while his wife “wore a veil hiding her face and a burqa”, the newspaper China Youth Daily, reported.

A campaign dubbed 'Project Beauty' similarly encourages women to leave their heads bare and abandon wearing the veil - a relatively widespread practice among the Uighurs.


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