Taliban rename women’s ministry as office for group’s moral police

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The Taliban has replaced the country’s ministry for women with an office known as the group’s moral police, residents of Kabul have said, as videos clearly show female former employees of the department in the building. Shown off outside.

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Workers in Kabul were seen on Friday replacing a sign on the Women’s Ministry building with a new one, in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, that read “Ministry of Prayer and Guidance and the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice”.

Residents of the Afghan capital confirmed Granthshala that the building was renamed, while video filmed outside the ministry showed female employees saying they had been trying to come to work for several weeks, only to be told to return to their homes .

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The Taliban, which came to power in Afghanistan last month, announced its cabinet 10 days ago, which also included a caretaker minister for the “promotion of virtue and the prevention of evil”. They made no mention of a female minister in the all-male cabinet, but the group did not confirm that the department had been dissolved.

Granthshala Reached out to a Taliban spokesperson for comment, but did not get revert.

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In videos shared online, the women at the doors of the Ministry of Women said they were locked up on Thursday.

As per reports, “I am the only earner in my family,” said a woman. “When there is no ministry, what should an Afghan woman do?”

The Taliban stormed into power last month with a surge of power in the war-ravaged country, as the former administration crumbled amid the chaotic withdrawal of US and other foreign troops.

The Taliban was last in power from 1996-2001 and barred girls from going to school and women from working or pursuing higher education.

During that period, the ministry for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice became known as the group’s moral police, which enforced brutal interpretations of Sharia, including a strict dress code and public executions and violators. includes whipping. Law.

A senior Taliban leader said earlier this week that women would not be allowed to work alongside men in government ministries.

The Taliban’s education ministry expressed concern that women would also be barred from attending school, when it issued a statement on Facebook calling all male students in classes 6 to 12 (ages 11 to 18) and male teachers to classes in Afghanistan. ordered to start again.

The message posted on Friday did not mention girls of that age and the lack of guidance has raised concerns that the Taliban may once again ban girls and women.

Since taking control of the country last month, the Taliban have allowed girls in grades one through six (ages 6 to 12) to resume classes. When they ruled Afghanistan earlier in the 1990s, the Taliban forbade girls and women from going to school and working.

In some provinces, women are still not allowed to continue their work, except for women who work in health departments, hospitals, and education.

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