Afghanistan faces veil decree: ‘It seems that being a woman is a crime’

Soraya, a small business owner in Kabul, never believed she would be forced to wear a burqa, like the one the Taliban imposed during their first term in power in the 1990s. But on May 7, the faces of the women became the latest restriction, after Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban announced that women must wear a full-covering veil in public for the first time in decades. Taliban officials described the face-veil decree as “advice” but laid out a specific set of incremental steps for anyone who does not comply.

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