Nepal police accused of long-hair crackdown in drive against 'hooliganism'
KATHMANDU (AFP) - Police in Nepal denied on Tuesday thay had been targeting people with long hair as part of a drive against "hooliganism" in the capital that has seen more than 1,000 people arrested in the last week.
"We based our arrests on complaints from local people about youth loitering and making noise," Kathmandu police spokesman Chakra Bahadur Singh told AFP.
"It turned out that most of them had long hair."
He admitted that police had given haircuts to some of the detainees but only those "whose parents requested it".