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Hijab guidelines issued amid ongoing girls’ detention in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmatihttps://www.khaama.com
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

After the detention of several girls by the authorities of the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice on charges of “ban hijab” in the outskirts of Kabul, a recent announcement based on the observance of the hijab guidelines in the eighteenth district of Kabul has been issued.

According to the announcement released by the officials of the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice following a meeting with the school principals in the eighteenth district of Kabul, the ministry detains girls who do not consider what is called by the Taliban as an Islamic dress code.

According to the announcement, the following clothing items are considered unacceptable:

  • Skirts that are too short and above the knee.
  • Very small headscarves that do not cover the hair.
  • Tight and prominent pants worn with short skirts.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesperson for the Taliban administration, told the media that some girls who were commuting in the cities for “modelling” were detained and released after a few hours.

Meanwhile, social media users have shared a photo showing Taliban forces gathering and transferring some girls to a certain location. However, the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has referred to them as “beggers.”

Recent actions by the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice have raised concerns among girls. Khaama Press interviewed several girls in western Kabul, and they are worried about the continued trend of detentions.

Maryam Hosseini, a resident of western Kabul who works in a private bakery, says she is afraid of being detained when she leaves her house. She added, “I have three sisters who don’t dare to leave the house, not even to buy bread.”

According to Maryam, these detentions are aimed at creating fear and keeping women at home. She believes that such restrictions are far from promoting education and knowledge.

Sahar, another girl from Kabul, says that hijab is already being observed by women and girls in society. She says, “We live in a Muslim society, and everyone wears the hijab. These detentions are done to create fear among the people.”

Shaharzad Akbar, the former head of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and a prominent figure in the field of human rights in Afghanistan, has commented on these detentions. She wrote on her social media X that discrimination against women in this country begins from birth and does not even cease after death.

Rahmatullah Nabil, the former head of Afghan National Security, has challenged the silence of former politicians, religious scholars, and ethnic leaders regarding these detentions and added that this silence contradicts moral, humanitarian, and Islamic standards.

However, the diplomatic representation of Afghanistan has called the detention of girls in the streets unprecedented in contemporary Afghan history.

A human rights organization called “Union of Human Rights Activists” has also described this action by the Taliban administration as “shameful.” The organization has urged the International Criminal Court to investigate what is referred to as “gender apartheid” in Afghanistan.

But the spokesperson for the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice claims that the girls are detained for a few hours for guidance and advice on hijab, and they are released afterwards.

The mass detention of girls continues for the second consecutive week, and the exact number of detained girls remains unknown.

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