Taliban orders all Afghan women to wear burqas in public


Afghanistan’s Taliban leadership has ordered all Afghan women to wear the full-coverage burqa in public, officials said.

The move is reminiscent of similar restrictions imposed on women during the previous harsh Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.

“We want our sisters to live in dignity and safety,” said Khalid Hanafi, the Taliban’s acting minister of Vice and Virtue.

The Taliban previously decided against reopening schools for girls over sixth grade (around 11 years old), breaking an earlier promise and choosing to placate their hard-line base at the cost of further alienating the international community.

This decision disrupted the Taliban’s efforts to gain the recognition of potential international donors as the country grapples with a deepening humanitarian crisis.

The international community has urged Taliban leaders to reopen schools.

Shir Mohammad, an official at the Ministry of Vice and Virtue, said: “It is necessary for all dignified Afghan women to wear the hajib, and the best hajib is chadori (the head-to-toe burqa), which is part of our tradition and is respectful.
“Those women who are not too old or too young must cover their face, except for the eyes.”
The decree added that if there is no important work to be done outside, it is better for women to stay at home.
“Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else,” Mr Hanafi said.
Heather Barr, senior Afghanistan researcher at Human Rights Watch, called on the international community to exert coordinated pressure on the Taliban.

“It is high time we responded seriously and strategically to the escalating Taliban assault on women’s rights,” she wrote on Twitter.

The Taliban were ousted by a US-led coalition in 2001 for harboring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, but returned to power after America’s chaotic departure last year.

Since taking power last August, the Taliban leadership has internally clashed as they struggle to transition from war base to government. These riots have pitted hardliners against the more pragmatic among them.

Many Afghans are enraged to know that many of the younger generation of Taliban, such as Sirajuddin Haqqani, are raising their girls in Pakistan, while in Afghanistan, women and girls have been the target of their repressive enactments since coming to power.

Universities opened in much of the country earlier this year, but since the Taliban took power, edicts have been unpredictable.

While a handful of provinces continued to provide education for all, most provinces closed educational institutions for girls and women.

The sectarian Taliban government fears that enrolling girls beyond sixth grade could alienate their rural base.

In the capital, Kabul, private schools and universities operate non-stop. Taliban orders all Afghan women to wear burqas in public

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