Taliban reimpose mandatory veil in Afghanistan


It is the most severe restriction on women’s freedoms since Islamists seized power in August

A woman passes by a soldier wearing a burqa in Afghanistan.EFE

His real face slowly comes to the fore. If for months he tried to limit girls’ access to schools, his last ruling Talibani This Saturday, a decree has been announced against women forcing them to dress decently and regulate their clothing. Supreme leader Talibani Hibatullah Akhundzadahas reported the norm, which considers the obligation to cover one’s face in public and provides for ‘warning’ and penalties for non-compliance.

comes with the approval of the decree Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and The Prevention of Vice, an organization that was relaunched after officials from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan returned to power last summer, taking advantage of the disengagement of international troops. Its introduction praises the importance of hijab – modesty – Islamic law or variableIt is ensured that a large number of Afghan women accept this and that garments that do not cover adequately are criticized.

Consequently, below, the Regulations specify certain characteristics that have been accepted by the new Lords of the Veil. Afghanistann: Broadly speaking, it should be a black garment, it should not infer the contours of the female body and it is also important that it should cover the face of the woman. This kind of description matches with the characteristics of burqaThe press that became a symbol of the Taliban’s crackdown on women in the 1990s.

“They should wear a sheet [cuyo sinnimo es ‘tienda de campaa’, por la forma que produce al vestirse] Because it is traditional and respectable,” the Taliban leader said. “Women who are neither too old nor too young should cover their faces except their eyes, feed by orderto avoid prodding when meeting with men who are not mahram [guardin]’, indicates one of the articles.

Each holy society has developed its own way of interpreting Hijab, in Muslim-majority countries such as turquaIn a secular nature, covering one’s hair is not mandatory except in some mosques, although it is expected to do so. In contrast, in neighboring Iran it is mandatory, though limited to covering the hair in the case of men – and not wearing shorts. Police officers take action against those who defy the norm and can impose fines on ‘inadequate veils’.

in AfghanistanUnder the previous republican government, there was no compulsion to wear the veil, although it was customary to wear it, with apparel differences depending on socio-cultural place. It was prominent in rural and urban areas, and was marked both by the presence of showy and colorful traditional clothing and by the importation of styles similar to those of Iranians. It all ended with the return of black, the favorite color of Islamic conservatism.

Similarly, the new decree provides for a combination of judicial responses in case of breach of its rule: if a woman breaks the rule for the first time, then mahram Get a home visit from the security forces to be alerted of the situation. If this happens again, then mahram to be called in Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, A new repetition will always lead to imprisonment mahram,

Along with these punishments against the male, the imposition of the guardian figure is also attested, without which the Afghan female, by previous decree, could no longer travel between cities or, in many cases, go out on the road. In fact, the new decree reminds that if women do not have essential work outside the home, then a twist of “better to stay at home”. 180 degrees from life in Afghanistan a year agoWhen, despite many difficulties, women could work and move freely.

Today, Afghans and Afghans have a preference for something to put in their mouth. The new phase of the war that Afghanistan is facing, with regular attacks by Islamic State, government subjected to sanctions for extreme poverty and harsh laws, is leading to despair for many. The migratory routes are full of obstacles. Many girls have a bleak future as the Taliban ban the opening of secondary schools in several districts across the country.

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