Afghan face veil decree: ‘It feels like being a woman is a crime’

Soraya, who owns a small business in Kabul, never imagined she would have to wear a burqa, as the Taliban enforced it during their first stint in power in the 1990s. But on May 7, the face of women became the latest restriction after the Afghan Taliban announced that women must wear a full-coverage veil in public for the first time in decades. Taliban officials described the face-veil decree as “advice,” but laid down a specific set of escalating steps for anyone who violated the regulations.

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