Herati women voice concern over Taliban restrictions on public life


HERAT: Taliban have tightened up restrictions on women in western Herat province, not allowing women to move around freely and participate in public life. Local women have expressed worries over the way they have to live under the Taliban. 
Clamping down on women since arrival in power, the Taliban are gradually tightening their grip. There are now newly imposed restrictions on Afghan women and girls as they aren’t allowed to move freely in women’s parks but only on specified days, and family sections in restaurants are closed down by law; however, most citizens didn’t heed that restriction. 
Rehana Ahmadian, a 22-year-old girl, told APW that they used to go to the park to take a stroll as her mother had high blood chelostrol based on a doctor’s advice. “Since the Taliban came to power, they warned us not to leave homes without a male guardian; we lost all independence compared to the former government despite women’s parks are separate from men’s.” 
“Taliban have nothing else to do but suppress women since coming into power, and they have imprisoned us all women at home,” Asila Misbah, a women’s rights activist based in Herat, told APW
“I used to eat food in restaurants with my family most of the time, but now due to Taliban restrictions on women, I can’t spend an hour with my family outside. Everything we do is in an uncertain manner and we fear retribution even though we tread carefully.”  
Elsewhere in Zabul province, the Taliban have recently threatened men not to allow women to attend wedding ceremonies. 
It has been a year since the Taliban deprived Afghan women of education, work and public life. This is while former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, in his recent interview, claimed that Afghan girls were prohibited from school by order of Pakistan.