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Taliban orders all Afghan women to wear the burka in public

All Afghan women are required to wear the full-covering burka when they go out in public, according to the Taliban.

From 1996 to 2001, the blue burka was a symbol of the Taliban‘s former regime in Afghanistan. The decision to make it mandatory again is a sign of increasing restrictions on women in the public eye.

At a Kabul press conference, the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice presented a decree by Hibatullah Akhundzada, the group’s supreme leader.

Khalid Hanafi (acting minister for the all-male Ministry – which has replaced the country’s Women’s Ministry since the militants took over in August 2021) stated, “We want our sisters live with dignity and security.”


According to the decree, a woman who does not cover her face when she is outside her home will be visited by her father or nearest male relative and could eventually be imprisoned or fired.

It states that women should not be required to do any important work outside if they aren’t able to do it at home.

Hanafi stated that Islamic principles and Islamic ideologies are more important than any other.

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According to the decree, the best face covering is the blue burka. It shows only the eyes.

Shir Mohammad is an official of the vice and virtue ministries. He stated: “For all dignified Afghan ladies wearing hajib, the best Hhajib (the head-to -toe burka), which is part our tradition, is respectful.

“All women, regardless of age or youth, must cover their faces except for the eyes.

Continue reading: Taliban’s crackdown on women exposed. But some are rebelling

While most Afghan women wear a headscarf, many urban women don’t.

The Taliban had previously decided against opening schools to girls above the sixth grade (around 11 years), reversing an earlier promise.

International community has asked its leaders to rethink their positions.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001. They also banned women from education and employment.

After the regime fell, women and girls were allowed to go back to school and work. The international community made it a priority to ensure that the Taliban administration was recognized in the future.


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