Taliban bans Afghan women from travelling without being escorted by a male relative

Afghanistan women who want to travel great distances shall not be provided transportation unless they are accompanied by a close male relative, the Taliban said Monday, Dec. 26.

According to a directive issued by the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, car proprietors must only provide rides to women wearing Islamic hijabs.

On Sunday, ministry spokesperson Sadeq Akif Muhajir told AFP that any lady who intends to travel must be escorted by a close male relative.

“Women who are not accompanied by a close family member should not be provided a ride if they are traveling more than 45 miles (72 kilometers),” Muhajir warned.

The new order comes weeks after the ministry asked Afghanistan’s television channels to stop showing dramas and soap operas featuring women actors.

The ministry also called on women TV journalists to wear hijabs while presenting on TV.

The minister added that the hijab would also be required for women seeking transport.

The ministry also ordered people to stop playing music in their vehicles.

Since taking power in August, the Taliban have imposed various restrictions on women and girls.

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