Taliban: Taliban enforce gender segregation in restaurants

KABUL: The Taliban in Herat province have implemented a gender segregation plan in restaurants in the province, according to media reports.
Men are not allowed to dine with their relatives in family restaurants, according to sources, Khaama Press.
Owners have been verbally reminded that the rule applies “even if they are husband and wife,” according to Riazullah Seerat, a Taliban official with the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, according to the report.
According to a woman who did not want to be identified, on Thursday the manager of a Herat restaurant told her and her husband to sit separately.
Seerat also stated that the ministry has issued a directive requiring Herat’s public parks to be segregated by gender, with men and women allowed to attend only on separate days, Khaama Press reported.
“We told women to go to the parks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The other days are reserved for men to visit for leisure and exercise,” she said.
Since regaining control in August last year, the Taliban have increasingly implemented restrictions separating men and women.
Last week, Taliban supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada had issued an order in Afghanistan, saying that if a woman did not wear a face covering outside her home, her father or closest male relative would be summoned and eventually jailed or fired from their jobs in the government, Khaama Press reported. .
At a press conference in Kabul, a spokesman for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice read out a statement by the Afghan supreme leader.
The statement details the procedures taken by the Ministry authorities to oversee the compulsory hijab process. The initial stage of this procedure is to locate the residences of the unveiled ladies and advise and warn the parents of the women.
The woman’s parent or guardian is summoned to the relevant department in the second stage, and in the next steps, a case is filed against the woman’s parent(s) and the person’s trial begins, Khaama Press reported.

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