The Taliban issued a statement requiring female TV journalists, presenters, and reporters to wear the burqa on the job.
Afghanistan’s Taliban was reinstated to power precisely ten months ago. They pledged not to repeat the excesses that plagued their five-year administration in the 1990s. However, they have failed to deliver and are resolutely steering the situation in the other way, almost like witnessing a slow-motion repeat of their agenda from the 1990s. As the Taliban’s promises of inclusive administration (made when they gained control) have increasingly diminished, India has lost patience.
The previous ten months have seen a systematic erosion of individual rights, particularly assaults on women’s autonomy. The most recent was a directive requiring female TV hosts and reporters to cover their faces in addition to the hijab they were previously compelled to wear. As part of the Talibanization — or re-Talibanization — of Afghanistan, female TV journalists are forced to cover their faces. It follows a succession of other limitations on women, such as providing different days for them to access public parks and prohibiting them from traveling alone. Many female broadcasters wept after being informed by their superiors that disobedience may result in the loss of their careers.
From 1996 until 2001, while the Taliban were in control, females were not permitted to attend school. The Taliban also prohibited women from attending college or working. This time, it authorized women to get an education but stipulated that they must be separated. A new generation of Afghan men and women has reached adulthood, and their beliefs are drastically different from those the Taliban are attempting to impose on them.