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Taliban ban women from shopping in Kapisa’s Tagab

Taliban ban women from shopping in Kapisa’s Tagab

Sep 08, 2017 - 15:41

MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon have warned residents of Tagab district of central Kapisa province against allowing their womeninfo-icon to visit the district bazaar, it is learnt.

Several residents of the district told Pajhwok Afghan News on Friday that the Taliban made announcements in mosques during Eidul Adha days, asking residents not allow their women and daughter to visit the bazaar.

One of them, Nangyal, quoted the Taliban as telling men to punish their wives if they went to the bazaar and the rebels would punish the shopkeeper who sold things to the gender.\

“The Taliban said only and only an ailing woman who must be accompanied by a family elder can go to visit a doctor.”

Another resident, Jabbar, said the Taliban had imposed ban on women to visit the bazaar.

“Every Sunday, there was a crowded bazaar here. Men and women from nearby Allasai and Nijrab districts would come for shopping, but now the bazaar wears a deserted look after the Taliban ban.”

He said the Taliban removed curtains the shopkeepers had installed in front of their shops to show women what they wanted to purchase hidden from people’s eyes.

Other residents offered similar accounts.  Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander in Tagab, Asad Agha Sapi, also confirmed the Taliban’s announcement, but said the ban on women was yet to be implemented.

But Kapisa police spokesman Mohammad Ayub Yousafzai said security forces existed in the Tagab bazaar and the Taliban’s ban on women remained rejected.

The Taliban have formally said nothing about barring women from going to the bazaar, but local militants say the ban is aimed at 'preventing 'immorality.

The Taliban last year banned watching television in the district.

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