The Taliban have banned households and ladies from eating places with gardens or inexperienced areas in Afghanistan’s northwestern Herat province
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban have banned households and ladies from eating places with gardens or inexperienced areas in Afghanistan’s northwestern Herat province, an official stated Monday. The strikes adopted complaints from spiritual students and members of the general public about mixing of genders in such locations, he stated.
It was the most recent in a slew of restrictions imposed by the Taliban since they took energy in August 2021. They’ve shut ladies out of school rooms past sixth grade and ladies from universities, most kinds of employment, together with jobs on the United Nations. They’re additionally banned from public areas similar to parks and gymnasiums.
Authorities say the curbs are in place due to gender mixing or as a result of ladies allegedly usually are not sporting the hijab, or Islamic headband, accurately.
The out of doors eating ban solely applies to institutions in Herat, the place such premises stay open to males. Baz Mohammad Nazir, a deputy official from the Ministry of Vice and Advantage’s directorate in Herat, denied media studies that each one eating places have been off limits to households and ladies, dismissing them as propaganda.
It utilized solely to eating places with inexperienced areas, similar to a park, the place women and men may meet, he stated. “After repeated complaints from students and abnormal folks, we set limits and closed these eating places.”
He additionally denied studies that gross sales of DVDs of overseas movies, TV exhibits and music are banned within the province, saying that enterprise homeowners have been suggested in opposition to promoting this materials as a result of it contradicted Islamic values.
Shopkeepers who didn’t comply with by way of on the recommendation finally noticed their outlets closed, Nazir added. He additionally denied native media studies that web cafes have shut down in Herat, however stated that gaming arcades have been now off-limits to youngsters due to unsuitable content material. Some video games insulted the Kaaba, the cube-shaped construction within the Nice Mosque at Mecca towards which Muslims flip when praying, and different Islamic symbols.
“Web cafes, the place college students be taught and use for his or her research, are crucial and we now have allowed them,” Nazir stated.