Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

December-02-98

Taliban Increase Restrictions on Afghan Women

The Taliban increased their harsh restrictions on Afghan women today with new rules regarding buses. The latest decree is intended to prevent women from being seen while traveling on buses. Drivers are ordered to put up curtains on their buses, preventing men from seeing the women in the buses also denying women the opportunity to see out of bus windows.

The new rule, announced in a Taliban-run radio broadcast, also requires bus drivers to attach a curtain between themselves and the women passengers. All bus drivers are male because the Taliban has banned women from driving.

Drivers, as well as the young boys hired to collect the passengers' bus fare, are not allowed to speak or interact with the women at all, according to deputy head of the religious police, Maulvi Mohammed Sharif Haqqani.

The Taliban now controls over 90 percent of Afghanistan with their own extremist interpretation of Islamic law. Under the Taliban's repressive decrees, women and girls have been restricted from going to school, working, or leaving their homes without a male relative. When they do leave their houses with a chaperone, they are forced to wear a burqa, a cumbersome garment which greatly restricts sight and movement.

The windows of houses where women live must be painted opaque, and now bus windows will also be obstructed. A bus driver identifying himself as Mushtaq told the Associated Press, "...it is like a cage. . .no one can see the driver and no one can see the women."

The bus depots in Kabul are being patrolled by Religious police in order to assure the new rules are being followed.

Media Resources: AP - December 2, 1998


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

4/23/2015 BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay - After a five-month battle, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch US Attorney General today, making her the first Black woman in US history to take on the role. . . .
 
4/22/2015 We Need to Talk About Gender On Earth Day - Today is Earth Day, an annual event that celebrates our planet and encourages people to find a way to protect it. . . .
 
4/21/2015 Feminists Mourn the Loss of Activist Grace Mann - Feminist activist Grace Rebecca Mann, a 20-year-old University of Mary Washington student, was killed in her home on Friday. Grace was found unconscious by her two female roommates on Friday, one of whom called 911 and attempted to administer CPR. . . .