Afghanistan. Women stopped entering amusement parks in Kabul

Afghanistan. Women stopped entering amusement parks in Kabul

Afghan women were banned from amusement parks in Kabul Wednesday after the Taliban’s Ministry of Morality announced there would be restrictions on women entering public parks.

A spokesman for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (MPVPV) confirmed that women would be restricted from entering the parks when asked for comment by Reuters, but did not respond to requests for further details.

It was not clear to what extent the restrictions were enforced or how they affected the MPVPV’s previous rule, which required parks to be segregated by gender, with certain days set aside for women.

A spokesman for the Taliban administration, Bilal Karimi, did not respond to a request for comment.

At an amusement park in Kabul that featured rides such as bumper cars and a Ferris wheel, Reuters witnesses saw several women being escorted by park officials while Taliban agents attended the scene.

Massoma, a resident of Kabul, who asked only to be named for security reasons and said she was returned with her grandson, added: “When a mother comes with children, they should be allowed to enter the park, because these kids haven’t seen anything good…they need to play and have fun.”

Two amusement park operators, who asked to remain anonymous to discuss the sensitive issue, said Taliban officials had told them not to allow women into their parks.

Since taking over Afghanistan last year, the Islamist Taliban have said women should not leave home without a male relative and must cover their facesalthough some women in urban centers ignored the rule, and some women were allowed to work in government offices.

The group has also been criticized for signals that it would open girls’ high schools in March.

Western governments have said the group must reverse its stance on women’s rights for any path to official recognition by the Taliban government.

The Taliban say respect women’s rights According to their interpretation of Islamic law.

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