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Taliban Orders Women to Wear Burqa in Public Again

  • Women must cover entire face to avoid ‘seduction’: Taliban
  • Female civil servants to lose jobs if they fail to obey order
 Burqa-clad women in a market in Kabul.

 Burqa-clad women in a market in Kabul.

Photographer: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government ordered women to wear a burqa in public areas and government institutions, in a re-emergence of the head-to-toe covering less than a year after it took control of the country.

The legal guardians of women who refuse to comply with the order face penalties such as detentions and prosecutions, according to a Taliban decree on Saturday. Female civil servants will be sacked for failing to obey, it said.