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Chechnya sends in the ‘fun police’: Authorities to attend Islamic weddings to prevent guests enjoying themselves by dancing, getting drunk or firing guns

Daily Mail
By Sarah Dean and Sarah Barns For Mail Online | Published: 04:12 EST, 28 October 2016 | Updated: 05:13 EST, 28 October 2016
 
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Chechnya’s security forces have appointed an official ‘wedding police’ to crackdown on fun at marriage parties in the strict republic within Russia.

Law-enforcement officials will attend weddings to monitor guests’ behaviour, including ensuring no guns are fired, men and women keep at a distance on the dancefloor and the bride doesn’t cut the cake or dance, in keeping with cultural and Islamic traditions.

‘We will set up special working groups, whose representatives will be present at weddings in public places, and check that the demands of a traditional wedding are met,’ a Chechen Ministry of Culture representative told Russian state news agency Tass.

‘If they see clothes that do not match our mentality, or incorrect dance movements, they will intervene.’

The ‘wedding police’ announcement comes after new guidelines were issued last year by the Department of Culture in Grozny, the capital city, to safeguard the ‘spiritual and moral development’ of young people.

In recent years, young people have become increasingly liberal with their behaviour at weddings, neglecting more conservative Chechen traditions, according to Madina Shagidaeva, a member of the city’s culture department.
 
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‘I don’t want to see immoral behaviour,’ Shagidaeva said. ‘I want to see a dress code.’
 
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