Taliban ban women from parks, funfairs in Kabul


Taliban guards standing watch next to an empty ferris wheel ride at the Zazai Park on the outskirts of Kabul. Photograph: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

Women ‘bored and fed-up’ at being forced to stay home after latest edict which has hit business hard
The Taliban have banned women from entering public parks and funfairs in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, just months after ordering access to them to be segregated by gender.
The new rule introduced this week further squeezes women out of an ever-shrinking public space that already sees them banned from traveling without a male escort and forced to wear a hijab or burqa whenever out of the home.
Schools for teenage girls have also been shut for over a year across most of the South Asian country.
“For the past 15 months, we tried our best to arrange and sort it out, and even specified the days,” said Mohammad Akif Sadeq Mohajir, spokesman for the Ministry for the Prevention of Vice and Promotion of Virtue.
“But still, in some places — in fact, we must say in many places — the rules were violated,” he told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Wednesday night.
“There was mixing (of men and women). Hijab [wearing] was not observed. That’s why the decision has been taken for now,” he said.
The news was met with dismay by women and by park operators, who invested heavily in developing the facilities.
“There are no schools, no work … we should at least have a place to have fun,” said one mother, who asked to be identified only as Wahida, as she watched her children play in a park through the window of an adjoining restaurant.
“We are just bored and fed up with being at home all day. Our minds are tired,” she told AFP.

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