SOMALIA- AL-SHABAB BANS MIXED SEX HANDSHAKES IN JOWHAR
7 January 2011
Men and women have been banned from shaking hands in a district of Somalia controlled by the Islamist group al-Shabab.
Under the ban imposed in the southern
It is the first time such social restrictions have been introduced.
The al-Shabab administration said those who disobeyed the new rules would be punished according to Sharia law.
The BBC's Mohamed Moalimuu in
The militant group has already banned
music in areas that it controls, which include most of central and southern
The UN-backed government only controls