Taliban supreme leader orders women to wear burqa in public: decree – World

Afghanistan’s supreme leader and the Taliban’s supreme leader ordered Afghan women on Saturday to wear full-covered burkas in public. It is one of the harshest controls imposed on women’s lives since the Taliban came to power.

“They have to wear them. driveway According to a decree issued by Haibatullah Akhundzada (burqa from head to toe) presented by the Taliban authorities at an event in Kabul.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Virtue and Violence said that if the decree was read and a woman’s father or her closest male relative did not cover their face outside the home, they would visit and eventually be imprisoned or fired from office. .

They added that the ideal face covering is an all-inclusive blue burqa.

Earlier this year, Taliban religious police put up posters around the capital Kabul asking Afghan women to cover up.

A poster containing an image of a burqa with her face covered was slapped in the face in cafes and shops by the Ministry of Virtue Promotion and Violence Prevention.

Since taking power in August, the Taliban have increasingly curtailed freedoms, especially for women and girls.

The poster reads, “According to Sharia law, Muslim women are required to wear a hijab.”

In Kabul, women already cover their heads with headscarves, but some wear modest Western-style clothing.

Made compulsory for women under the first Taliban regime in the 1990s, the burqa was still common outside the capital.

The Taliban also issued a number of other restrictions, including asking Afghan television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas featuring female actors.

Last year, Taliban authorities said they should not provide transportation to women who want to travel other than short distances unless they are accompanied by a close male relative.

Guidelines issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Violence require all vehicle owners to provide rides only to women wearing hijabs.