100 Days Taliban Control Afghanistan, Women Increasingly Despised

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

Women in Afghanistan increasingly humiliated under control Taliban who has controlled the country for a hundred days, starting on August 15th.

Not long ago, the Taliban again issued a policy that restricts women.

The Ministry of Virtue Promotion and Crime Prevention has banned state television stations from broadcasting dramas and soap operas featuring female actors.

“These are not rules, but religious guidelines,” the ministry’s spokesman, Hakif Mohajir, told AFP, last Monday (22/11).

The group also asked television channels not to broadcast films or programs featuring companions of the Prophet Muhammad and other respected Islamic figures.

The Taliban order comes after two decades of developing a more independent Afghan media under the Western-backed government.

Apart from the rules regarding television stations, many women in Afghanistan feel they have no future. Previously, the Taliban claimed to involve all parties in the government, but that did not happen.

The Taliban only includes its members and the Haqqani Network to manage the country. Not a single woman’s name appeared in the government ranks.

The movement of women is increasingly limited because the Taliban does not allow them to work, restricts education and even prohibits exercising in public spaces.

Women are only allowed to work, when the work cannot be done by men. They are not allowed to enter government offices because these institutions are dominated by men.

One of the jobs ‘legalized’ by the Taliban is cleaning toilets in the market.

Female teachers or lecturers, female civil servants and people who work in public spaces are both worried and afraid. They have to keep working to survive but their lives are in danger.

The Taliban also restricts access to education for girls and women. Schools in certain areas only allow boys to enter classes. At the university level the same thing happened.

The Chancellor of Kabul University, chosen by the Taliban, forbade women from continuing their studies or teaching at the prestigious university.

“O all citizens, I give my promise as rector of Kabul University: as long as a real Islamic environment is not available to everyone, women will not be allowed to come to universities or work. Islam is the top priority,” Ghairat said late last September.

In the same month, the Taliban also banned women from exercising in public spaces because it was not in accordance with Islamic law.

Deputy Head of the Cultural Commission of the Taliban Commission, Ahmadullilah Wasiq, considered women inappropriate and unnecessary for sports, including cricket.

“In cricket they will face a situation where their face and body will not be covered. Islam does not allow women to look like that,” said Wasiq.

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