Taliban commanded all Afghan airlines to ban women from domestic or international flights if they are not accompanied by a man.
After a 20-year war since being overthrown by the US in 2001. Taliban have destroyed the pro-US government – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and re-established their Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
After taking power back, Taliban pledged to open schools for girls. But the recent announcement is a shocking turning point for many Afghans and has been criticized by Western governments for human rights abuses.
The US on March 25 canceled economic meetings with the new government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan due to the Taliban’s decision to restrict women.
Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice of Taliban sent airlines a notice of the new restrictions. Women who are not accompanied by men will be rejected at Kabul airport.
The Taliban have said they will change from their previous rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. At that time, they banned women from going to school, working, or leaving the house without a male relative to go with. Taliban also insist they are giving women rights under Islamic law (Sharia) and Afghan culture.
It is not clear whether Taliban has any exemptions, for example in case of emergencies, or for women – who have no male relatives living in Afghanistan.