Afghan Taliban orders women to wear burkas in public

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s Taliban leaders on Saturday ordered all Afghan women to wear full-covering burkas in public, a hardline pivot that confirmed rights activists’ worst fears and could only further complicate Taliban relations with an already suspicious international community. community.

The decree referred to similar restrictions imposed on women under the previous hardline Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.

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

The Taliban had previously decided not to reopen schools for girls beyond grade 6, reneging on an earlier promise and choosing to appease their hardline base at the expense of further alienation from the international community.

The move has disrupted Taliban efforts to win recognition from potential international donors at a time when the country is mired in a deepening humanitarian crisis.

“For all dignified Afghan women, wearing the Hajib is necessary and the best Hajib is the chadori (head to toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful,” said Ministry official Shir Mohammad. of vice and virtue in one statement.

The decree adds that if women do not have important work outside, it is better for them to stay at home. “Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else,” Hanafi said.

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