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Taliban decree: Women will only do what men can’t


The Taliban government, which forcibly took power in Afghanistan, has started issuing decrees curbing the rights of girls and women. The new Taliban government told middle and high school girls not to come to school yet.

New Delhi.

The Taliban government of Afghanistan is pronouncing new Tughlaqi decrees every day. Kabul’s interim mayor has issued a new order that the Taliban government has instructed the city’s female employees to stay at home. Women can only work in the country which men cannot.

This decision of the Taliban will prevent most women employees from returning to work. It is also a sign that the Taliban will enforce a harsher interpretation of Islam, including restrictions on women in public life. This is in stark contrast to what he had promised when he was in power, that this time a tolerant and inclusive government would be given.

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In Kabul, interim mayor Hamdullah Namoni has issued an order that until the Taliban came to power last month, there were about 3,000 female workers in the city and they worked in almost all departments. Namoni said that the women employees are ordered to stay at home till further decision. Only a few women will be allowed to do work which men cannot do. These will include skilled workers in the design and engineering departments, besides maintenance of public toilets for women.

In the 1990s, when the Taliban ruled, girls were barred from going to school and women from going to work. This time too, the Taliban government, which has been forcefully occupied in Afghanistan, has started issuing decrees curbing the rights of girls and women. The new Taliban government told middle and high school girls not to come to school yet. On the other hand, boys’ schools have been opened.

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University level girl students have been told that boys and girls will have separate classes and girls will have to follow a strict dress code if the college opens. At the same time, in most places in the previous government, girls and boys used to get education together in the university. After the Taliban took power in Afghanistan on August 15, all old decisions have been reversed and new decrees are being issued.

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