KABUL: The Taliban supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada has issued a decree forcing women across Afghanistan to wear a face veil, fixing a draconian punishment for women who don’t comply.
During a conference in Kabul on Saturday, the Taliban authorities said they would be enforcing a new decree based on which all women should wear a full veil to cover their faces in public.
This new addition to the Taliban’s violations against women’s rights has met with huge broadside criticism worldwide.
According to the new decree, the Taliban will visit a woman’s father or closest male relative if she is spotted outside her house without a veil. Her male relative could be imprisoned or dismissed from a government position if the woman again leaves her home without a burqa.
The Taliban’s move to impose such harsh restrictions is reminiscent of their previous rule in the late 1990s, when women faced more oppression. This runs contrary to what the Taliban promised at the advent of their rule to respect the rights of minorities and women and a government accepted by the international community.