Taliban force women in Afghanistan to wear head-to-toe burqas again – World News

The Taliban’s about-face on the burkha — an all-encompassing veil designed to hide every part of a woman’s body from view — comes amid an escalation of restrictions on women’s rights in public spaces in Afghanistan

The blue burqa became the symbol of the oppressive Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001
The supreme leader of Sharia state today ordered women to cover their faces in public

The Taliban will again force Afghan women to wear the burqa from head to toe, in another reversal on promises to reform women’s rights in the country.

The supreme leader of Sharia state today ordered women to cover their faces in public.

It is the recent escalation of restrictions on women in public spaces that has prompted a backlash from the international community and sections of the Afghan public.

The group’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, has issued a decree explaining how a woman’s father or closest male relative will be visited by the Taliban if a female family member is found outside their home without a veil.

If the woman is a repeat offender and continues to leave home undetected, her male relative could be imprisoned or fired from a government job.

And the Taliban’s ideal covering is the blue burqa, a spokesman for the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice told a news conference in Kabul.

Covering every inch of a woman’s body from head to toe, the blue burqa became a global symbol of the brutal Taliban regime of 1996-2001.

Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada posed for a photo at an undisclosed location in 2016


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Under the new decree, male relatives of women caught with their faces uncovered could face harsh penalties


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Most women in Afghanistan wear headscarves for religious reasons, but many in urban areas like Kabul do not cover their faces.

The group has faced fierce pushback, led by Western governments but some religious scholars and Islamic countries, over its increasing curbs on women’s rights.

A surprise reversal in March, which saw the group close girls’ high schools on the morning of their opening, drew the ire of the international community and prompted the United States to cancel meetings planned to ease the country’s financial crisis.

The Taliban supreme leader said the burqa is the ideal outfit for women in public


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Some of the young girls were seen returning home from school in tears after the Taliban reversed the decision.

Officials claimed they sent the girls home because it had not yet been decided what school uniforms the children should wear.

The heartbroken girls in their school uniforms left the school grounds sobbing after being turned away and told to go straight home.

A teacher at a girls’ school in Kabul was quoted by Aljazeera as saying, “I see my students crying and reluctant to leave class. It hurts a lot to see your students cry.”

Since the Taliban takeover in August, Western nations have imposed sanctions on the Sharia state


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Since the Taliban took power in August and bankrupted the country economically, Washington and other nations have cut aid and imposed severe sanctions on the banking system.

The Taliban said they have changed since their last decision, when they banned girls’ education or women leaving home without a male relative, and required women to cover their faces.

In recent months, however, the administration has tightened its restrictions on women, including rules restricting their travel without a male companion and banning men and women from visiting parks at the same time.

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