Taliban tighten restrictions on women, detail rules on what to wear

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Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have declared that women must cover their face except for the eyes in public and stipulated in detail what they should wear to cover their body. The Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice issued a decree on Saturday for the “hijab” scarf. It defined the hijab as something to cover a woman’s body and that materials which are translucent enough to show parts of the body or which show body lines should not be used. The decree also says that it is better for women to stay home unless there is a special need to go out. Male relatives would face punishments for women failing to comply with the new restrictions. They will be summoned and detained for three days. If the women work for government agencies, they will be expelled from the job.

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