Women’s beauty academy in Pakistan is owned by Muslim brothers
A beauty academy that was opened up in Pakistan in the 1970s and 1980s and has since been owned by two brothers, has been forced to close due to lack of funding, according to reports.
The Islamic Beauty Academy, which opened in Khasadabad in the southern Sindh province, had a reputation for offering women the best products for skin and hair and for training them in all kinds of sciences.
Its founder, Muhammad Shafiq Ali, is believed to have taught a course on the fundamentals of hair care that is still taught today.
But in 2014, his son Mohammad Ali, the head of the Islamic Beauty Association, decided to close it down, saying it had become an issue of money.
The closure followed a complaint that the academy was a scam and that its management was not in line with the rules of the governing body of the association.
The government’s National Beauty Council said the decision was taken to prevent the establishment of an unlicensed body and to prevent any illegal activities.
The council’s chief, Zeenatullah Akhtar, said the issue was brought to the government’s attention by the women’s rights group Bawaz, which was monitoring the academy.
“We have a duty to protect women and girls from any illegal practices,” she said.
Bawaz said the council would seek to reopen the academy, which is owned and operated by two sons, Ali and Shafiqi, and has been under a legal injunction since 2013.
The girls who were taken from the academy have since been placed in private schools, she said, adding that the council was considering whether to appeal against the ruling.
The academy had been operating without any government support and its management and board had been unaware of the matter, according the council.
It has not been clear if the academy will be able to reopen and is currently being managed by its parents.
The provincial government is yet to respond to a request for comment from Reuters.