Style police alert! 'Stylish' youngsters marched into saloons in Karnataka for a 'gentlemanly crop'

All salons in Malur Taluk (Kolar district of Karnataka) were packed as police marched in youngsters with ‘stylish’ haircuts for a more sensible and gentlemanly crop
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The true test of a man’s style is the haircut. There are some men who look good no matter how their hair is styled, whether it’s trendy or not. A man can change his haircut many times, but to pull off any haircut, you have to be very chic. Like Brad Pitt — Carine Roitfeld (b1954), French fashion editor and former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

The title is an allusion to The Rape of the Lock, which is a mock-heroic narrative poem written by Alexander Pope (1688-1741), English poet. It involves Baron snipping Balinda’s lock of hair during a party at Hampton Court which he considers his trophy. From that incident, Pope bestows to the world one of his most memorable poems.

Fast forward to 2018, we have a most hair-raising report. But first, the facts as reported by  V Velayudham in The New Indian Express (7/8/18) under the title: ‘Police comb streets for stylish youngsters, march them to saloons.’

All salons in Malur Taluk (Kolar district of Karnataka) were packed and are likely to remain so, as police march in youngsters with ‘stylish’ haircuts for a more sensible and gentlemanly crop. The long and short of it is that after a 15-year-old girl, a student of class X, was murdered under the Malur Railway Bridge, several parents of the school and college-going girls complained to the police that oddly dressed and styled youngsters were roaming around college and school campuses, and also in residential areas.

The Malur Police then hit upon a cutting-edge technique. On Monday (6/8/18), the police combed the streets for loitering youngsters with flashy haircuts and gathered them into nearby salons for a stern military cut. Interestingly, the police themselves are paying for the haircuts. Sources in the police force said that none of the youngsters was harried. Instead, they were gently guided to the nearest barber. On Monday alone, 25 youngsters were given a sensible trim in Malur city. A senior police officer said, “The police officers are not acting against them. This is being done for the peace of mind of their parents and in the interest of the society.”

As the news spread, to avoid embarrassment, youngsters voluntarily started lining up for haircuts. One such person said, “I simply followed my friends when I got the earlier haircut. I don’t want to be taken to the parlour by the police, therefore I got the trim voluntarily.” Youths were alerting each other about the police action through WhatsApp, asking their friends not to come out as the police are watching their movements and advising them to get the military cut on their own.

Leave aside the hair of youth, examine the heads of cops to check if they contain brains! When the media is full of stories of rape and lynching, our cops give priority to hair-styling.

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