Alwar Police Revokes Order Asking 9 Muslim Cops to Shave Beards

On Thursday, the order was issued disallowing cops from sporting beards to ensure that they act and look ‘unbiased’.

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Alwar Police on Friday, 22 November took back an order which disallowed nine Muslim policemen from keeping beards, news agency ANI reported.

On Thursday, the order was issued disallowing the policemen from sporting beards to ensure that they act and look 'unbiased' while on duty.

The order issued by Alwar Superintendent of Police Anil Paris Deshmukh on Thursday stated that the the permission given earlier to the Muslim policemen to keep beards under a provision of the state's law has been withdrawn with immediate effect, according to news agency PTI.

Speaking to reporters here, Deshmukh had said the main objective of the order is that the men in uniform should perform their duties in an unbiased manner.

"Policemen should not only work in an unbiased manner but they should also look unbiased," the SP said.

"There is a provision of the state government which allows HoD to permit policemen to keep beards. Under the provision, 32 policemen were given permission. Permission of nine policemen has been cancelled while for rest of them it stands unchanged," he said.

Deshmukh, however, had said that the decision can be reconsidered and those dissatisfied with the order can give their representations.

"Still, if someone is affected (by the order) they can give their representation. Appropriate decision will be taken," he said.

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