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Afghanistan's female TV presenters must cover their faces, say Taliban​

By Simon Fraser
BBC News

The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.

Media outlets were told of the decree on Wednesday, a religious police spokesman told BBC Pashto.

The ruling comes two weeks after all women were ordered to wear a face veil in public, or risk punishment.

Restrictions are being tightened on women - they are banned from travelling without a male guardian and secondary schools are shut for girls.

One female Afghan journalist working for a local TV station in Kabul, who did not want to be named, said she'd been shocked to hear the latest news.

"They are putting indirect pressure on us to stop us presenting on TV," she told the BBC.

"How can I read the news with my mouth covered? I don't know what to do now - I must work, I am the breadwinner of my family."The new decree will take effect from 21 May, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a spokesman for the Taliban's Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue.

The spokesman referred to the ruling as "advice" - it is not clear what will happen to anyone who fails to comply.
"Based on information received by Tolo news, the order has been issued to all media outlets in Afghanistan," the news channel reported.


The decision is being widely criticised on Twitter, with many calling it another step by the Taliban to promote extremism.
"The world deploys masks to protect people from Covid. The Taliban deploys masks to protect people from seeing the faces of women journalists. For the Taliban, women are a disease," one activist tweeted.


During their first stint in power in the 1990s the Taliban forced women to wear the all-encompassing burka in public.
The hardline Islamist movement was driven from power by US-led troops in 2001, after which many restrictions eased. Women appearing on television showing their faces became a common sight.


After retaking power last August, following the withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban had held off issuing new laws on what women should wear.
This raised hopes they would govern Afghanistan, a deeply conservative and patriarchal country, more flexibly this time.

A burka-clad woman and a girl on a street in Kandahar on 5 March 2022


The burka was enforced by the Taliban in the 1990s and still worn by many women

Many women still wore the burka, but in bigger cities it was also common to see women continuing to wear headscarves.
However in early May the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue announced that all women would have to cover their face in public, and indicated that a burka would be the ideal garment to achieve this.

Anyone refusing to comply with the ruling risks an escalating series of punishments.
 

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These women should be grateful they’re even allowed to come on tv. For fux sake, it’s the taliban. They used to not even let women leave the house.
 

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Afghanistan's female TV presenters must cover their faces, say Taliban​

By Simon Fraser
BBC News

The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.

Media outlets were told of the decree on Wednesday, a religious police spokesman told BBC Pashto.

The ruling comes two weeks after all women were ordered to wear a face veil in public, or risk punishment.

Restrictions are being tightened on women - they are banned from travelling without a male guardian and secondary schools are shut for girls.

One female Afghan journalist working for a local TV station in Kabul, who did not want to be named, said she'd been shocked to hear the latest news.

"They are putting indirect pressure on us to stop us presenting on TV," she told the BBC.

"How can I read the news with my mouth covered? I don't know what to do now - I must work, I am the breadwinner of my family."The new decree will take effect from 21 May, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a spokesman for the Taliban's Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue.

The spokesman referred to the ruling as "advice" - it is not clear what will happen to anyone who fails to comply.
"Based on information received by Tolo news, the order has been issued to all media outlets in Afghanistan," the news channel reported.


The decision is being widely criticised on Twitter, with many calling it another step by the Taliban to promote extremism.
"The world deploys masks to protect people from Covid. The Taliban deploys masks to protect people from seeing the faces of women journalists. For the Taliban, women are a disease," one activist tweeted.


During their first stint in power in the 1990s the Taliban forced women to wear the all-encompassing burka in public.
The hardline Islamist movement was driven from power by US-led troops in 2001, after which many restrictions eased. Women appearing on television showing their faces became a common sight.


After retaking power last August, following the withdrawal of foreign forces, the Taliban had held off issuing new laws on what women should wear.
This raised hopes they would govern Afghanistan, a deeply conservative and patriarchal country, more flexibly this time.

A burka-clad woman and a girl on a street in Kandahar on 5 March 2022


The burka was enforced by the Taliban in the 1990s and still worn by many women

Many women still wore the burka, but in bigger cities it was also common to see women continuing to wear headscarves.
However in early May the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue announced that all women would have to cover their face in public, and indicated that a burka would be the ideal garment to achieve this.

Anyone refusing to comply with the ruling risks an escalating series of punishments.
Afghanistan is a free country, there country their law.
Respect them.
 

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If we see on Quran, regarding about face, actually both men and women have similar desires, I mean women also see handsome guy with desire

So if Taliban wants to be fair, both men and women should wear Burqa in Afghanistan
 

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If we see on Quran, regarding about face, actually both men and women have similar desires, I mean women also see handsome guy with desire

So if Taliban wants to be fair, both men and women should wear Burqa in Afghanistan

Quran, An Nur verse 31

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their chastity, and not to reveal their adornments1 except what normally appears.2

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Verb. gaze, stare, and glare mean to look at with concentration. gaze is used of a long and fixed look. They stood gazing at the sunset. stare is used of an often curious, rude, or absentminded gaze with eyes wide open.
 

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Al Maidah verse 8

O believers! Stand firm for Allah and bear true testimony. Do not let the hatred of a people lead you to injustice. Be just! That is closer to righteousness. And be mindful of Allah. Surely Allah is All-Aware of what you do.
 

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Quran, An Nur verse 31

And tell the believing women to lower their gaze and guard their chastity, and not to reveal their adornments1 except what normally appears.2

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In Taliban world, nothing appears anymore in women body, not even women face
 

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If we see on Quran, regarding about face, actually both men and women have similar desires, I mean women also see handsome guy with desire

So if Taliban wants to be fair, both men and women should wear Burqa in Afghanistan
i think these laws have more to do with their culture rather then Islam, thats a different thing Muslims uses the name of Islam for all their wishes
 
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i think these laws have more to do with their culture rather then Islam, thats a different think muslims uses the name of Islam for all their wishes

I dont regard highly group of Muslims who can wage war to other Muslim group just because the difference in interpretation of Islam.
 

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