Authorities in several provinces of Afghanistan prohibit women from shaving and wearing smartphones

Authorities in several Afghan provinces have issued circulars prohibiting men from shaving or trimming their beards and women from wearing smartphones, although the Ministry of Culture stressed that the note was invalid and stressed that it was not the position of Taliban officer acts.

According to the Afghan television station Tolo TV, the notes were distributed among the population in the provinces of Helmand, Kapisa and Tajar, which was supported by statements from residents of these areas.

Kapisa residents have stressed that the provincial department of the Ministry for the Proposition of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – which replaced the Ministry of Women after the Taliban came to power – banned men from shaving or trimming their beards on the grounds that it was a Sin.

Authorities in several provinces of Afghanistan prohibit women from shaving and wearing smartphones
Authorities in several provinces of Afghanistan prohibit women from shaving and wearing smartphones

“We were told not to shave or trim our beards in style. Anyone who violates this will be punished by law,” said Alem, a hairdresser from that province. The order was replicated by the Helmand and Tajar provincial departments, as reported in these media.

However, Inaamulá Samangani, a member of the Culture Commission of the Ministry of Culture and Information, stressed that “the Ministry for Spreading Virtue and Preventing Vice officially announced that this statement was not published by the Ministry and that it was posted on social networks, which do not belong to the ministry “.

On the other hand, the Afghan journalist Sadulá Salehi has stressed that part of the population welcomed other restrictions contained in the circular, such as the restriction on spending on weddings and the ban on firing at celebrations, which has in the left many victims in the last few months.

The Taliban, who took power in mid-August after the invasion of Kabul shortly after the then President Ashraf Ghani fled in mid-August, have already announced their formation of a government, which was shaped by the shortage of women and representatives of other political groups in Afghanistan.

Reports have emerged in recent days of the Taliban’s plans to restore amputations and executions in Afghanistan. The authorities also hanged four kidnappers killed during an operation in the city in various places in Herat on Saturday “as examples” for possible criminals.

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