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Taliban ban women from parks, gyms in Afghanistan

The Taliban’s ministry of vice and virtue have banned Afghan women from visiting all parks, using gyms and public baths. The ministry’s spokesman tells Press TV the ban is being introduced because Islamic laws had not been followed.

The famous City Park in Kabul once filled with families’ joy and laughter now has turned idle and silent, with only a handful of men wandering through the complex. The ban order has also affected the livelihoods of people who have been making ends meet by working at public places.

Women rights activists urge the Taliban to reverse its course on all women’s rights, saying such decisions would provoke national outrage.

The Taliban have already banned women from travelling without a male relative. Secondary schools for girls have also been shut for over a year across the country.

Afghan women are worried about being barred from public spaces after the authorities announced the new restrictions. The women are now calling for justice, demanding the authorities protect their rights.

 

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