A handful of women in Kabul have staged demonstrations in response to the Taliban’s decision to “make hijab mandatory,” with Taliban militants allegedly dispersing protesters and detaining journalists.

At the protest today on Tuesday, protesters chanted “The burqa is not our hijab” and “Afghan women in the Taliban’s grip – the Afghan people in need a mouthful of bread,” three days after the Taliban decreed “the hijab mandatory.”

They took to the streets with the slogan “Bread, Work, and Freedom,” claiming that their rallies were a continuation of Afghan women’s protests.

The demonstration began at the Ansari square of Shahr-e-Naw and continued just outside of the Ministry of Interior, where the Taliban surrounded them and detained journalists, according to Zhulia Parsi, one of the protesting girls.

The journalists have been detained, according to Zhulia Parsi, and she has no idea where they are being held. “The Taliban snatched the girls’ smartphones and took them away,” she claimed.

Taliban forces reportedly ripped down the banners and dispersed the protesters, according to Zhulia.

The Taliban wanted to take the women inside the ministry and force them to confess, Zhulia Parsi told the reporters.

The Taliban released an order to make hijab mandatory three days ago, which sparked massive national and international outrage.

The Taliban, according to Reina Amiri, the US special envoy for women’s affairs in Afghanistan, are considering covering women and have no plans to solve the economic crisis.

The Taliban wanted to take the women inside the ministry and force them to confess, Zhulia Parsi told the reporters.

The Taliban released an order to make hijab mandatory three days ago, which sparked massive national and international outrage.

The Taliban, according to Rina Amiri, the US special envoy for women’s affairs in Afghanistan, are considering covering women and have no plans to solve the economic crisis.

The Taliban’s decision, according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is a breach of human rights and a clear infringement of women’s civil, human, and social rights.

The Taliban has yet to respond to the overwhelming outrages.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).