‘No Beard, No Work’: Afghanistan’s Taliban Restricts Male Government Workers from Coming to Work Without Beards.

Workers have also been told to wear traditional long, loose tops and trousers with a hat or turban, instead of western suits.

 

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban in Afghanistan has ordered all-male government workers to grow beards and follow the dress code or fear punishment.

 

Local media sources reported on Tuesday, representatives from the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice were patrolling government office doors on Monday to ensure that staff was following the new guidelines.

 

Under this new order, it would become illegal for male workers to shave their beards. They have also been told to wear traditional long, loose tops and trousers with a hat or turban, instead of western suits. Employees were also advised that if they did not follow the mandated dress code, they would be barred from entering workplaces and would eventually be dismissed.

 

A request for comment was not returned by a representative for the ministry of public morality.

 

Last week, the Taliban made it illegal for women to fly without a male chaperone and failed to open the promised girls’ schools.

 

It ordered parks to be divided by gender on Sunday, with women allowed to visit three days a week and males four days a week, including the weekend, implying that even married couples and families will be unable to visit together.

 

The Taliban leadership has faced domestic and international criticism for imposing its strict interpretation of Islamic law on all Afghans.

 

 

The Taliban claim to have reformed during their 1996-2001 rule when they forbade women from leaving the house without a male relative and compelled men to grow beards.

 

The world community reacted angrily to the Taliban’s decision to close girls’ schools on Wednesday, including the United States, which canceled meetings with Taliban leaders in Qatar to discuss critical economic matters.

 

Western countries must lift sanctions that are harming the Afghan economy, according to the Taliban.

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