The Taliban have decreed this Saturday the compulsory wearing of the burqa in public places for all women and girls in Afghanistan, a measure that adds to the long list of restrictions against Afghan women since the fundamentalists took control of the country in mid-August 2021.
“Even though that him 99% of Afghan women already wear hijabthe rest should also wear it and there is no excuse for them”, reported the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in a public order. The document specifies that with hijab they refer to all those garments that cover the entire body, and that in this case “the burqa is the best version of it“.
The new order states that women “who work with the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban call themselves) in relevant departments and don’t wear hijab you will be fired from your jobs“, as well as “if the daughter or wife of a government worker/official does not wear a hijab” will also be suspended.
In the event that the Afghan women do not abide by this rule, the security forces will first go to inform the male guardian or member of the household, and if they continue to fail to comply with it, he will be called to testify, he may “be detained for three days” and “handed over to court to take your punishmentAs a last resort, warns the statement.
Afghan social activist Yalda Parwani told Efe that this imposition on women by fundamentalists is a way of “convincing their fighters that they are creating an Islamic government in Afghanistan as they were promised during the war of the last 20 years”.
“The hijab is our happiness and pride as Muslim women, but the Taliban government simply forces us to use their dress code specific to us,” she said.
Restriction of women’s rights in Afghanistan
Since the Taliban came to power in mid-August, women have seen their rights curtailed with restrictions such as banning teenage girls from attending schools, segregation by sex in public places or the veto to travel without a veil and accompanied by a male relative on long journeys.
Despite the fact that fundamentalists promised to respect the rights of Afghan women In order to gain international recognition, the reality of women in that country increasingly resembles the time of the first Taliban regime in 1996 and 2001, when they were confined to their homes, unable to study or work.
Behind many of these regulations against women is the almighty Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vicean institution that came into being during the first Taliban regime and died out with the US invasion, leaving Afghans with a bad memory for the next 20 years.
With the return to power of the Taliban on August 15, the institution returned, installing itself, precisely, in the now defunct Ministry of Women.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.