While busily developing nuclear weapons to obliterate Israel and even cosying up with one-time steady Western ally Turkey, Iranâ€™s government has found time to issue a guide for its citizens on acceptable hairstyles.
For the men, spiky hair is a no-no but short-back-and sides is good.
Iranian spokeslady Jaleh Khodayar, who is in charge of a Modesty and Veil Festival, is promoting a catalogue of authorised haircuts to help citizens avoid arrest for immodesty and â€œSatanicâ€ hair styles.
Religious police conduct â€œmorality crackdownsâ€ regularly, even shutting down offending barber shops who have offered â€œdecadent Western cutsâ€ to young Satans.
Law enforcers have also warned that â€œsuntanned women and young girls who look like walking mannequinsâ€ will also be arrested and imprisoned. Itâ€™s no laughing matter either, as prisoners in Iran are often subjected to rape and torture. Protests after a blatantly rigged presidential election last year saw thirty people killed and hundreds more – including teenage children – brutally bashed and sexually assaulted in jail.
Iranâ€™s religious police, well-known for taking bribes, are also in the habit of harasssing dog owners taking their mutts for a strut around downtown Tehran. To that effect they have created a dog prison for pup perps guilty of being walked in public. One cleric has issued a fatwah against dogs.
Previously the highly effective religious police have issued hundreds of thousands of warnings about offending their interpretation of Islam.
Many thousands were arrested and detained with thousands more ordered to attend â€œguidanceâ€ classes.
Hundreds were also arrested for taking part in mixed parties.
The regime has also previously launched a jihad against the necktie, which some mullahs say offends Iranian culture.