Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Female presenters on Afghanistan’s leading TV channels have appeared on air without covering their faces, defying a Taliban order that they conceal their appearance to comply with the group’s austere brand of Islam.

Since surging back to power last year the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, many focused on reining in the rights of women and girls.

Earlier this month Afghanistan’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada issued a dictation for women to cover up fully in public, including their faces, ideally with the traditional burqa.

The feared Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered women TV presenters to follow suit by Saturday.

Previously they had only been required to wear a headscarf.

TV presenter behind desk in a studio.
Before the Taliban takeover, most Afghan women, including TV presenters, wore the Islamic headscarf.(AP: Rahmat Gul)

But broadcasters TOLOnews, Shamshad TV and 1TV all aired live programs on Saturday with women presenters’ faces visible.

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