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Women and men are forbidden to eat together in public

Women in the Afghan capital, Kabul, earlier in May.
Women in the Afghan capital, Kabul, earlier in May.

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan has imposed more restrictions on women.

In the western city of Herat, authorities forbid men and women from eating together in public.

The ban, which also applies to married couples, is the latest in a short time to tighten the rules on women.

Last week, the Taliban issued a decree requiring all women to wear the full veil in public. According to the decree, women who do not have important matters in the fresh air should stay at home.

At the end of March, the Taliban also broke their promise to provide education for all by bringing all teenage girls home again. Now only girls up to the sixth grade are allowed to go to school.

In Herat, previously considered an Afghan city by liberal standards, the authorities also stopped issuing driving licenses to women, and men and women were no longer allowed to visit parks on the same days.

– We told the women that they could go there on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The other days are for men to relax and exercise, says Riadullah Sirat of the local Taliban regime.

The new injunctions mean that the Taliban now have the same strict restrictions on women as they did during the regime between 1996 and 2001.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August last year, promising a “softer” policy for women. The education of all girls was also pledged if the outside world abolished the sanctions and no longer kept Afghan money frozen.

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