The ban introduced earlier this week is the newest restriction on girls’s rights in Afghanistan ordered by the Taliban since their return to energy in August final yr.
It has drawn world outrage, together with from Muslim nations who deemed it in opposition to Islam, and from the Group of Seven industrialized democracies who mentioned the prohibition could quantity to “against the law in opposition to humanity”.
However Neda Mohammad Nadeem, the minister for increased training within the Taliban authorities, insisted Thursday that ladies college students had ignored Islamic directions — together with on what to put on or being accompanied by a male family member when travelling.
“Sadly after the passing of 14 months, the directions of the Ministry of Increased Schooling of the Islamic Emirate concerning the training of ladies weren’t carried out,” Nadeem mentioned in an interview on state tv.
“They have been dressing like they have been going to a marriage. These ladies who have been coming to universities from residence have been additionally not following directions on hijab.”
Nadeem additionally mentioned some science topics weren’t appropriate for girls. “Engineering, agriculture and another programs don’t match the dignity and honour of feminine college students and likewise Afghan tradition,” he mentioned.
The authorities had additionally determined to close these madrassas that have been instructing solely girls college students however have been housed inside mosques, Nadeem mentioned.
The ban on college training got here lower than three months after 1000’s of ladies college students have been allowed to take a seat college entrance exams, many aspiring for instructing and drugs as future careers.
Secondary faculties for women have been closed throughout a lot of the nation for over a yr — additionally quickly, in keeping with the Taliban, though they’ve provided a litany of excuses for why they have not re-opened.
Girls have slowly been squeezed out of public life for the reason that Taliban’s return, pushed out of many authorities jobs or paid a fraction of their former wage to remain at residence.
They’re additionally barred from travelling with out a male family member and should cowl up in public, and are prohibited from going to parks, festivals, gyms and public baths.
The Taliban’s remedy of ladies together with its newest transfer to limit college entry for them drew fierce response from the G7, whose ministers demanded the ban be reversed.
“Gender persecution could quantity to against the law in opposition to humanity below the Rome Statute, to which Afghanistan is a state celebration,” the ministers mentioned in a press release, referring to the Worldwide Felony Courtroom in The Hague.
“Taliban insurance policies designed to erase girls from public life could have penalties for a way our international locations have interaction with the Taliban.”
The worldwide neighborhood has made the proper to training for all girls a sticking level in negotiations over assist and recognition of the Taliban regime.
Saudi Arabia too expressed “astonishment and remorse” on the ban, urging the Taliban to reverse it.
However Nadeem hit again on the worldwide neighborhood, saying it ought to “not intervene in Afghanistan’s inner affairs”.
Earlier Thursday a gaggle of Afghan girls staged a avenue protest in Kabul in opposition to the ban.
“They expelled girls from universities. Oh, the revered individuals, assist, assist. Rights for everybody or nobody!” chanted the protesters as they rallied in a Kabul neighbourhood, footage obtained by AFP confirmed.
A protester on the rally instructed AFP “among the ladies” had been arrested by girls cops. Two have been later launched and two remained in custody, she added, talking on situation of anonymity.
Girls-led protests have turn into more and more uncommon in Afghanistan for the reason that Taliban took over the nation in August 2021, notably after the detention of core activists initially of this yr.
Members danger arrest, violence and stigma from their households for participating.
Regardless of promising a softer rule once they seized energy, the Taliban have ratcheted up restrictions on all points of ladies’s lives.
After their takeover, universities have been pressured to implement new guidelines together with gender-segregated lecture rooms and entrances, whereas girls have been solely permitted to be taught by professors of the identical intercourse, or previous males.
The Taliban adhere to an austere model of Islam, with the motion’s supreme chief Hibatullah Akhundzada and his interior circle of clerics in opposition to trendy training, particularly for women and girls, some Taliban officers say.
Within the 20 years between the Taliban’s two reigns, ladies have been allowed to go to high school and girls have been capable of search employment in all sectors, although the nation remained socially conservative.
The authorities have additionally returned to public floggings of women and men in current weeks, as they implement an excessive interpretation of Islamic sharia regulation.