Afghanistan: Taliban bans women in TV dramas

The Taliban has established new laws prohibiting female presenters from materialising up on TV without headscarves.

Under recent rules imposed by the Taliban government, women have been prohibited from appearing in television dramas in Afghanistan.

Also, female journalists and presenters have been authorized to wear headscarves on screen, although the guidelines do not specify which type of headscarf to use.

According to reporters, some of the rules are vague and subject to interpretation.

Nexus News recall that the Taliban occupied power in Afghanistan in mid-August. This has provoked fear that they are deliberately inflicting harsh rules.

The militant Islamist group, which took control following the departure of US and allied forces, almost instantly instructed girls and young women to stay home from school.

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Women were banned from education and the workplace during their previous rule in the 1990s.

The latest set of Taliban guidelines, which have been disseminated to Afghan television channels, details eight new rules.

The rules include the outlawing of films considered against the principles of Sharia – or Islamic – law and Afghan values, while footage of men exposing intimate parts of the body is prohibited.

Also, comedy and entertainment exhibits that offend religion or may be considered offensive to Afghans are forbidden.

The Taliban have asserted that foreign films promoting foreign cultural values should not be broadcast.

Afghan television channels show mostly foreign dramas with lead female characters.

According to a member of an organisation that represents journalists in Afghanistan, Hujjatullah Mujaddedi, he said the declaration of new restrictions was unexpected.

Speaking to the BBC, he said that some of the rules were not practical and that if implemented, broadcasters may be compelled to shut down.

The Taliban’s earlier decision to order girls and young women to stay home from school made Afghanistan the only country in the world to bar half its population from getting an education.

Furthermore, the mayor of the capital, Kabul, told female municipal employees to stay home unless their jobs could not be filled by a man.

The Taliban claim that their restrictions on women working and girls studying are “temporary” and only in place to ensure all workplaces and learning environments are “safe” for them.

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