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The true color of the Taliban… “When a woman travels more than 72 km, a male relative must accompany her”

“If you are not wearing a hijab, you cannot provide transportation… Hijab mandatory for female TV reporters”
Human rights group “turning women into prisoners”

Covered with a burqa-hijab… Lines for UN cash aid A woman in a burqa and a girl in a hijab line with people to receive cash in Kabul, Afghanistan, on November 20. The UN World Food Program (WFP) in charge of the distribution on the day said that thousands of Afghan households who could not afford food were applying to the WFP as economic conditions deteriorated rapidly after the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August. Kabul = AP News

The Taliban, a Sunni militant group that has been ruling Afghanistan again since August, announced a policy of oppression against women, requiring women to accompany male relatives when traveling long distances, AFP news agency reported on the 26th.

“Women who are traveling longer than 72 kilometers should not be driven into the car unless they are accompanied by a close male family member,” said Sadek Akief Muhajir, spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. In addition, transportation cannot be provided to women who do not wear hijabs, and female journalists appearing on TV are also instructed to wear hijabs.

AFP news agency raised the possibility that it was not a normal hijab, saying it was unclear what kind of clothing the Taliban was referring to today. A general hijab refers to a scarf that covers only the head and neck with the face exposed, but there are other types of clothing that cover more of a woman’s body, such as a niqab that covers the whole body except the eyes, and a burqa that covers the eyes. When the Taliban first came to power from 1996 to 2001, Afghan women were required to wear the burqa.

Shortly after returning to power, the Taliban said they would protect women in accordance with Islamic law Sharia. Analysts suggest that the move was conscious of the fact that it was criticized by the international community for prohibiting women’s education or employment, just like when he took office for the first time.

In reality, however, the policy is still repressive, such as stopping TV dramas featuring women. Currently, in some areas of Afghanistan, education for young women is not provided. Human Rights Watch (HRW), an international human rights group, also criticized the mandatory hijab as effectively making women prisoners.

Cairo = Correspondent Hwang Seong-ho hsh0330@donga.com

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