Taliban authorities, who have been running Afghanistan since the US military left in September 2021, have announced that all women must wear a burqa in public at all times.
The announcement came "at a ceremony in Kabul" and authorities said it was for women's "safety." It's allegedly possible to be killed in Afghanistan at the hands of the Taliban for refusing to wear one.
According to Blaze, Khalid Hanafi of the Taliban's Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, told the public:
"Those women who are not too old or young must cover their face, except the eyes, as per sharia directives, in order to avoid provocation when meeting men who are not mahram [close relatives permitted to see a woman's face under the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia]."
Khanafi continued: "We want our sisters to live with dignity and safety. Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else."
In most of the Islamic world, "modesty" clothing such as the hijab, the niqab, and the burqa are encouraged culturally, but are not legally mandatory. Iran is another one of the notable exceptions, where the hijab must be worn by law by all women in public.
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