The department of vice and virtue in the western province of Herat ordered shopping malls to remove the heads of mannequins.
The department in a statement said that the mannequins are similar to statues and must not be allowed in the markets.
“These are the statues- they are defined in the (holy) books and should not be in Islam. These were being worshipped. They (the shopkeepers) said that they display the clothes on them. I ordered that they (the mannequins) should have their heads removed,” said Aziz Rahman, the head of Herat's department of vice and virtue.
The department warned that the shopkeepers will be punished if they violate the order.
But garment sellers and mall owners criticized the decision made by the department.
“We use the mannequins to display the clothes,” said Aziz Ahmad Haidar, a garment seller.
The shopkeepers said that the mannequins are being used to display men's fashions in other Islamic countries.
“These mannequins are used to display clothes in all countries including Islamic countries,” said Mehran Azizi, a resident of Herat.