According to Mohammad Akif Mahajar, a spokesperson for the Taliban Ministry of Vice and Virtue, women’s beauty salons have been banned in Kabul and other provinces across Afghanistan. The ministry has instructed the Kabul municipality to enforce the new decree issued by the Taliban leader and revoke the licenses of these salons.
The ban has drawn criticism from individuals affected by the decision. Raihan Mubariz, a makeup artist, highlighted the economic implications, stating that when men are unable to provide for their families, women are forced to seek employment in beauty salons to sustain themselves. With the ban in place, their livelihoods are jeopardized, leaving them in a difficult situation.
The restrictions imposed by the Taliban go beyond the closure of beauty salons. They have also prohibited girls and women from attending schools, universities, and working for NGOs. Additionally, they are not allowed to visit public areas such as parks, cinemas, and other recreational spaces.
The reaction to these restrictions has been both national and international, with many expressing concern about the impact on Afghan girls and women. Kabul resident Abdul Khabir emphasized the need for a balanced approach that respects Islam while ensuring the well-being of the country.
The situation continues to provoke significant attention and discussion due to its implications for the rights and freedoms of Afghan women.
** Taking lead from NDTV