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From the burqa to prevent travel and elegant clothes … So they strangled the Afghan Taliban


After the Taliban, since taking power in August 2021, have so far forced women to wear the veil that covers only the head, leaving the face visible, although it was strongly advised to wear the burqa that she had previously imposed during her first government, she returned and revealed yesterday, Saturday From her face, that she never changed, apparently, repeating her old story.

The militant movement has again required Afghan women to wear in I publish the blue burqa, as a punishment for household heads who do not force their women to do so, once again underlining the country’s old Taliban policies.

The history of the blue burqa

This blue burqa, which has become a global symbol of the Taliban regime, appeared when the movement ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

By law it was mandatory to wear it in all over the country, in the nineties ..

Leather for those who don’t wear it

Indeed, between 1996 and 2001, Taliban officials whipped every woman they could find without the burqa.

The militant movement also deprived women of all their basic rights, and their lives were an ongoing taboo, as they could not wear flashy clothes, wear makeup, or even get an education.

They were also prevented from going not only to work, school or university, but also to the bazaar to do their shopping.

In addition, the movement banned music and closed beauty salons, and its Sharia police constantly monitored compliance with these strict rules, imposing punishments.

brutal repression

Interestingly, in the past two decades, Afghan women have gained new freedoms, returned to school and applied for a job. in all sectors, even though the country has remained socially conservative.

Before the movement’s return to power, the vast majority of Afghan women were veiled but with a loose scarf.Most women in the country wear a veil for religious reasons, but most of them in urban areas, such as Kabul, do not. covers its faces.

However, the reintroduction of the burqa in across the country, has prompted many human rights activists to oppose this decision, arguing that the Taliban would reject Afghanistan.

In this context, Pakistani analyst Imtiaz Gul told AFP: “This is an unexpected step backwards. It will not help the Taliban gain international recognition of the legitimacy of its government and such steps will only strengthen its opponents.”

It was reported that after the movement returned to power, women tried to claim their rights by demonstrating in Kabul and major cities. However, their movement was brutally repressed and many activists were arrested and some were detained for several weeks.

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