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Afghanistan: Taliban makes burqa mandatory for women

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Kabul: Less than a year after taking over the controls of Afghanistan with assurances that they had changed, the Taliban issued a decree on Saturday mandating burqa for women in public places.

Henceforth, Afghanistan women will have to wear an all-covering burqa in public. As per the decree by Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada, women “should wear a chadori (head-to-toe burqa) as it is traditional and respectful”.

“Those women who are not too old or young must cover their face, except the eyes, as per sharia directives, in order to avoid provocation when meeting men who are not mahram (adult close male relatives),” the decree added.

It has also said that women “better stay at home” if they had no significant work outside.

Till now, the Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had mostly been issuing “guidelines” on appropriate behaviour by women in public.

Despite assurances by the Taliban at the time of taking over the Afghan regime that they would protect women’s rights, the global community had feared that the Taliban would return to their extremist ideas.

 

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