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Afghanistan’s Supreme Leader and leader of the Taliban on Saturday ordered women in the country to wear full-covering burkas in public, one of the toughest controls on women’s lives since radical Islamists took power.
“They should wear a chadori (head-to-toe burqa) as it is traditional and respectful,” said an edict issued by Hibatullah Akhundzada that was issued by Taliban authorities at a reception in Kabul.
“Women who are not too old or too young should cover their face, except the eyes, in accordance with Sharia guidelines, to avoid provocation when meeting men who are not mahram (male relatives adult relatives),” the executive order reads.
He added that if the women did not have important work outside, it was better “for them to stay at home”.
During their first rule between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban imposed similar restrictions on women.