16 May 2011


Thanks to the BBC for this story

Indian police given moustache pay
Indian security forces
Many Indian men see
the moustache as a sign
of masculinity
Police in a district in India's Madhya Pradesh state are being paid to grow moustaches because bosses believe it makes them command more respect.

Ten policemen in the northern state are already receiving 30 rupees (66 US cents) every month for their efforts.

Jhabua district police chief Mayank Jain told BBC News Online: "The response is growing and in the months ahead we expect to see more moustachioed policemen.

"Moustaches are improving the personalities of our constables.
They are acquiring an aura of their own. They are creating a
positive impression on the local people and getting a lot of

The police chief hit upon the idea of moustaches-for-cash after a 
seminar attended by district policemen and local people.

"There were two or three moustachioed constables in the gathering
and I saw people were looking at them very respectfully and pleasantly.

That is when I thought of making more policemen grow moustaches," Mr Jain said.

The decision to pay them a whisker more every month for their efforts
was just a "little motivation", he said.
Elmar Weisser, Trondheim, Norway (15 May 2011)
(The German winner of the World championships 2011)

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