Taliban ban long-distance road trips for solo women in Afghanistan
Kabul — The Taliban have said Afghan women seeking to travel long distances by road should be offered transport only if accompanied by a male relative, BBC has reported.
The directive is the latest curb on women’s rights since the Islamist group seized power in August, it said.
A majority of secondary schools remain shut for girls, while most women have been banned from working, according to the report.
Campaign group Human Rights Watch said the new restriction moved further towards making women prisoners.
Heather Barr, the group’s associate director of women’s rights, told AFP news agency the order “shuts off opportunities for [women] to be able to move about freely” or “to be able to flee if they are facing violence in the home”.
The latest directive, issued by the Taliban’s Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said women travelling for more than 45 miles (72km) should be accompanied by a close male family member.
The document calls on vehicle owners to refuse rides to women not wearing Islamic head or face coverings, although it does not say which type of covering to use. Most Afghan women already wear headscarves.
It also bans the playing of music in vehicles.