Guwahati News Desk: The Taliban have now banned Afghan women from going on solo long-distance road trips.
The latest directive was issued on Sunday by the Taliban’s Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
As per the document, Afghan women travelling for more than 45 miles (72km) should be accompanied by a close male family member.
In addition, the document calls on vehicle owners to refuse rides to women not wearing Islamic face coverings, or hijabs, although it does not say which type of covering to use.
Moreover, it also bans the playing of music in vehicles.
Among the other curb on women’s rights since the Islamist group seized power in August, the directive issued on Sunday is the latest.
Prior to it, majority of secondary schools were made to remain shut for girls and to remain open only for the boys and male teachers.
Moreover, last month itself the Taliban had banned women from appearing in television dramas and ordered female journalists and presenters to wear headscarves on screen.
Meanwhile, the Taliban continue to assert that the restrictions are “temporary” and only in place to ensure all workplaces and learning environments are “safe” for women and girls.
However, even during their previous rule in the 1990s, women were barred from education and the workplace.