Women's Faces Corrupt Men, Says Taleban in Afghanistan
The extremist Islamic group controlling much of Afghanistan, the Taleban, ordered Kabul residents to paint their windows opaque so neighbors would not see women's faces inside the homes. "The face of a woman is a source of corruption for men who are not related to them," said a Taleban official.
Women continue to be harassed and beaten for not wearing the burqa, a shroud that covers women head-to-toe with a patch of gauze over the eyes. Women are still not allowed to attend school or work.
Media Resources: The Washington Post - March 19, 1997
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights - India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs.
"All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court. . . .