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Even if they are married, the Taliban applies a new shocking procedure to men and women

Al-Marsad newspaper – AFP: The Taliban authorities in the city of Herat, western Afghanistan, have ordered the separation of men and women in restaurants, even if they are married, as confirmed by the official in the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in the city on Thursday. It also imposed segregation of men and women in public parks.

An official source said Thursday that the Taliban authorities in the western city of Herat prevented men and women from sitting together in restaurants, even if they were married..

An official at the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Herat, Riyadullah Sirat, announced that the authorities had ordered “the separation of men and women in restaurants.”“.

Restaurant owners have been verbally informed of this measure, which applies even to “husband and wife”. Safi Allah, a restaurant manager, confirmed that he had received orders to enforce this measure. “We have to comply with this order, but it negatively affects our business,” he said, adding that if the ban continued, he would have no choice but to close the restaurant.

A woman, who asked not to be named, said she went to the Wednesday restaurant with her husband but the manager told them to “(sit) apart” and they left without eating..

The official at the Ministry of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Herat, Riyadh Allah Sirat, said that the ministry also imposed segregation between men and women in public parks in Herat and set separate visiting days for women and men..

The city authorities had announced earlier this month that they had asked driving schools to stop issuing licenses to women.

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