In the latest of the misogynistic voyeurism of the Taliban, its government has banned women from wearing attractive clothes, using perfume, and wearing high heels that make a sound.
This was told to an Afghan channel by Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesperson of the ruling Afghan party. The video has been shared by many Afghan journalists on Twitter:
The new rules of #Taliban for #women:— Breshna Tahrik (@BreshnaTahrik) September 29, 2021
1. Women shall refrain from wearing attractive colors in public!
2. Women shall refrain from smelling good in public!!!
3. Women shall refrain from wearing high heels that make sounds while they are walking!!!
🤦🏻♀️ 🤦🏻♀️ 🤦🏻♀️ #AfghanWomen pic.twitter.com/l9jCS0L43U
Human rights groups have condemned the Taliban’s approach towards sidelining Afghan women from public life as many countries with Islamic law don’t have such drastic restrictions.
Seeing the reactions of people on Twitter, it's clear that Muslims are divided over it along gender lines. While women, mostly media persons and human right activists are denouncing it and questioning international mediation where the Taliban had promised to uphold the rights of women, the men are okay with these restrictions.
However, in Afghanistan women's group have been defiantly protesting against the Taliban diktats on curbing their freedoms.