The Kandahar Provincial Directorate for Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice has issued a directive prohibiting single women (without male Mahrams) from being transported by the province’s urban transportation.

The Kandahar provincial Director for the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice, Mawlawi Abdul Rahman, stated in a video released yesterday, Sunday 29th May, that women travelling alone promotes moral corruption.

He ordered Taliban fighters to stop taxis and other vehicles that disobeyed the order, adding that they would be punished and held accountable.

The Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prohibition of Vice’s restrictive policies have prompted outrage and has taken a different approach, lately separating men’s and women’s dining halls in Herat.

All of this Ministry’s measures are restrictive on girls’ and women. If women do not wear the hijab, their male parents will be punished, according to one of the ministry’s measures.

The Taliban have also ordered the female TV anchors to wear a face mask while performing on air, in addition to observing the mandatory hijab, which considers “no exception”.