"Mannequins should be beheaded: this is the directive issued by the authorities of Sharjah to all the clothing shops in the emirate. "The mannequins should be headless and the clothing in the window should respect the rules of decency, according to the religious principles," stated a circular of Sharjah, one of the seven emirates which form the United Arab Emirates. The measure, according to Khalid Al Jaberi, head of market control at Sharjah Municipality, answers to a series of complaints advanced by the residents of the emirate annoyed by the increasing number of mannequins wearing scanty clothes or only underclothes. The plastic models, according to the local authorities, depict very faithfully the reality, including facial description, offending some values of Islam. Sharjah, which borders with liberal Dubai, maintains much more conservative style of living than the bigger emirate. Single men are not allowed to live in buildings where families are living and the consumption or possession of alcohol is liable to imprisonment."
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