Beards, niqab become liability in Egypt after crackdown
CAIRO (AFP) - Mr Abdul Salam Badr had no choice but to shave his beard to save himself from becoming a target in Egypt's crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
In recent days, overt signs of piety have become all it takes to attract suspicion from security forces at Cairo checkpoints and vigilantes looking to attack Islamists.
"I was in a shared taxi headed to the morgue, transporting the body of my friend who was killed in the demonstrations," said Mr Badr.
"I was stopped by members of a vigilante group because I had a beard," added the 29-year-old, who said he was not loyal to any political organisation.