The taliban decreed this Saturday the mandatory use of the burqa in public places for all women and girls in Afghanistana measure that adds to the long list of restrictions against Afghan women since the fundamentalists took control of the country in mid-August.
“Despite the fact that 99% of Afghan women already use hijabthe rest should also use it and there is no excuse for them”informed the almighty Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in a public order.
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The document specifies that hijab refers to all those garments that cover the entire body, and that in this case “the burqa is the best version of it.”
The new order states that women “who work with the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) in relevant departments and do not wear hijab, will be fired from their jobs”, as well as “if the daughter or wife of a government worker/official does not wear a hijab” will also be suspended.
In the event that Afghan women do not abide by this rule, The security forces will first go to inform the guardian or male member of the household, and if they continue to fail to comply, he will be called to testify, he may “be detained for three days” and “handed over to the courts to receive his punishment.” as a last resort, warns the statement.
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Afghan social activist Yalda Parwani told Efe that this imposition on women by fundamentalists it is a way of “convincing their fighters that they are making an Islamic government in Afghanistan as they were promised during the war of the last 20 years”.
“The hijab is our happiness and pride as Muslim women, but the Taliban government simply forces us to wear their specific dress code for us,” settled.
Since the coming to power of the taliban in mid-August, the women they have seen how their rights were reduced with restrictions such as the prohibition of adolescents from attending schools, segregation by sex in public places or the veto to travel without a veil and accompanied by a male relative on long journeys.
Despite the fact that the fundamentalists promised to respect the rights of Afghan women in order to obtain international recognition, the reality that women live in that country increasingly resembles the time of the first Taliban regime of 1996 and 2001, when they were confined in their homes without the possibility of studying or working.
Behind many of these regulations against women is the almighty Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vicean institution that came into being during the first Taliban regime and died out with the US invasion, leaving Afghans with a bad memory for the next 20 years.
With the return to power of the Taliban on August 15, the institution returned, installing itself, precisely, in the now defunct Ministry of Women.