Women and men are forbidden to eat together in public

The ban also applies to married couples and comes after a series of tightening of rules from the Taliban regime aimed at women recently.

Last week, the Taliban issued a decree requiring all women to wear full veils in public places. According to the decree, women who do not have important matters outdoors should stay at home.

At the end of March, the Taliban also broke a promise of schooling for all by sending all the teenage girls home again. Now only girls up to sixth grade are allowed to go to school.

Same restrictions as under previous Taliban rule

In Herat, which was previously considered an Afghan city by liberal standards, the authorities have also stopped issuing driving licenses to women, and men and women are no longer allowed to visit parks on the same days.

– We have told women that they can go there on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The other days are reserved for men to relax and exercise, says Riazullah Seerat in the local Taliban regime.

The new injunctions mean that the Taliban now have the same strict restrictions on women as they had during the regime between 1996 and 2001.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August last year, promising a “softer” women’s policy. It has also been promised that all girls will be educated if the outside world abolishes sanctions and no longer keeps Afghan funds frozen.

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What has happened since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan? SVT explains what happened in the country. Photo: SVT

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