The Taliban ban women from Solo Road from traveling more than 45 miles in Afghanistan

  • The Taliban has further restricted women in Afghanistan.
  • It said women can no longer travel by road without a male relative if they walk more than 45 miles.
  • The Taliban has already restricted women’s freedoms, including keeping girls out of schools.

The Taliban have declared that women in Afghanistan cannot travel more than 72 kilometers by road without being accompanied by a close male relative.

It issued a new order on Sunday, which also banned the playing of music in vehicles, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August. The Taliban had last held back Afghanistan before being removed by US-led coalition forces in 2001.

At the end of power, women were unable to work, they were excluded from schools, and women were not allowed to leave their homes without a male relative.

Women were also not allowed on the streets with men who were not related to them, and people were allowed to paint over the windows of their homes to prevent outsiders from seeing women inside, according to a 2001 State Department report.

Women could be punished for breaking these rules by being beaten or stoned to death.

The Taliban said it would protect women’s rights this time around, but it has imposed strict rules on women, including the exclusion of girls from high schools.

Women who became activists, politicians and judges after the Taliban were last defeated have said they were afraid of being hunted down and punished.

Heather Barr, associate director of women’s rights for Human Rights Watch, told AFP that the new travel order restricted women.

She said it “closes opportunities for them to move freely, travel to another city, do business, [or] to be able to flee if they are subjected to domestic violence. “

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