From Saturday, the Taliban will require all women who appear on Afghan television, including presenters and newscasters, to cover their faces as long as they are in the picture. That reports the BBC Thursday, according to a spokesman for those in power in Afghanistan.
Afghan media companies were informed of the decision this week. “This is an indirect way of making the work impossible for us. How can I present the news with my mouth covered?” an anonymous female television presenter told the BBC.
According to a spokesman for the Taliban, this is only an advice, as is often the case with decisions by the Taliban. In practice, Afghans who do not follow the ‘advice’ of the jihadists are regularly harassed, attacked and even arrested.
Two weeks ago, the Taliban issued a decree requiring women to wear a burqa in public. According to Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, women in public must “wear a burqa that covers them from head to toe, which is traditional and respectful”.
During the first Taliban regime, between 1996 and 2001, women were also allowed to walk alone in a burqa and were not allowed to work or go to school. After taking power in August, the fundamentalist Islamist organization said it plans to respect women’s rights in Afghanistan.
In recent months, however, a ban on girls’ education has been announced. Since March, Afghan women have only been allowed to board a plane if they are accompanied by a male family member. All kinds of restrictions for women are being reintroduced, especially at the local level.