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Taliban Bans Afghan Women From Travelling Without Being Escorted By Male Relative

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The Taliban on Sunday announced that Afghanistan women who want to travel beyond short distances should not be offered transport unless they are accompanied by a close male relative.

Vehicle owners are to only offer rides to those women wearing Islamic hijabs, guidance issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice stated.

The ministry spokesman Sadeq Akif Muhajir specified while speaking with AFP on Sunday that it must be a close male relative, “Women travelling for more than 45 miles (72 kilometres) should not be offered a ride if they are not accompanied by a close family member.”

The new order comes weeks after the ministry asked Afghanistan’s television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas featuring women actors.

The ministry had also called on women TV journalists to wear hijabs while presenting. Continue Reading

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