Taliban ban Afghan women from traveling long distances alone

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Women wishing to travel long distances in Afghanistan must be accompanied by a male relative. The Taliban announced this on Sunday. It is a new sign that the radical Islamic regime is once again tightening the screws on women despite previous promises.

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The recommendation published by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, circulated on social media, Sunday. Drivers are also urged to only allow women to ride in their cars if they are wearing the “Islamic headscarf”.

This directive comes a few weeks after the same ministry called on Afghan TV channels to stop broadcasting soap operas and soap operas in which women play a role. Female journalists and broadcasters are also required to wear the “Islamic headscarf” when appearing on screen. But the Taliban does not define what it means by the “Islamic headscarf.” Is this a simple headscarf like most Afghan women already wear or does the head covering cover more?

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Since returning to power in August, the Taliban have imposed several restrictions on women and girls, despite initial promises that their regulations would be less stringent than during their first term of rule between 1996 and 2001.

At that time, women were required to wear the burqa, which covered the whole body and did not cover the eyes. They were only allowed to leave the house accompanied by a man and had no right to work and study. Until now, many Afghan girls cannot go to school.

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