The Taliban on Sunday ordered Afghan TV stations to stop broadcasting soap operas featuring female performers and said female journalists must wear the hijab in accordance with the group’s interpretation of Islamic law or Sharia law.
The restrictions are part of a new set of eight-point guidelines issued by the Taliban Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, or moral policing, in the latest sign that the hardline group is restricting women’s rights. Additionally, the guidelines stated that movies and dramas should not have actresses. Additionally, the new policy prohibits TV stations from showing men considered indecent or not covered from chest to knees.
The ministry defended the directive, saying it was aimed at countering the spread of “immorality” and the dissemination of videos that “are contrary to the principles of Sharia law and Afghan values”. He called on representatives of Kabul TV stations to adhere to the guidelines during broadcast hours.
“Foreign and locally produced films that promote foreign culture and traditions in Afghanistan and promote immorality should not be shown,” he said.
The directive also prohibits the broadcasting of satirical programs which “insult” or undermine the “dignity” of individuals.
The Moral Police Department existed under the previous Taliban regime in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when it ruthlessly enforced such restrictions in violation of basic human rights. Abuses at the time included prohibiting women from leaving the home unless accompanied by a close male relative and prohibiting girls from receiving an education.
The Taliban’s moral police publicly beat the women for showing their wrists, hands or ankles and for leaving the house unaccompanied, abuses that led to Afghanistan’s diplomatic isolation at the time.
Since returning to power in mid-August, the Taliban have repeatedly pledged to protect women’s rights under Islamic law, although Afghan girls are still not allowed to return to secondary school in the region. most provinces.
No country has so far recognized the new all-male interim Taliban government in Kabul.
The United States and the world community at large have pressured the Islamist group to rule Afghanistan through an inclusive political system that protects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, before to demand international legitimacy.