Tajikistan: Mandatory wedding music rule to counter religious music ban

In the Tajik village of Chorkhuh, a conservative pocket of the predominantly Muslim country Tajikistan, wedding music has been frowned upon for years and frequently replaced with Islamic readings by mullahs. But that situation is about to come to an end, if the powers that be get their way, reported Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.

Alarmed by the prevalence of Islamic practices, village authorities have set up a band to perform at weddings and are vowing to enforce a new rule: ‘No music, no marriage’. Without a receipt from a music band, the civil registry office will not register any marriage, authorities say.

“Our society has come close to destruction under the influence of mullahs,” deputy village head Isomiddin Kholiqov told RFE/RL’s Tajik Service.

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