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December-10-96

Afghan Women Punished for Disobeying Strict Dress Codes

The fundamentalist Islamic Taleban militia has disclosed that it punished 225 women who did not follow its strict clothing rules. After announcing the punishments, the Taleban-controlled Sharia Radio warned again that, "all women should wear the burqa and veil and respect sharia or face punishment." The broadcast also warned that women must not wear long chador robes which fail to cover their faces. Women are required to wear the burqa, which covers them from head to toe and conceals the face.

Fifteen men have also been punished for failing to grow beards. Though the Taleban radio did not disclose the nature of the punishments, people have been beaten in public for alleged clothing violations

Media Resources: Reuter - December 6, 1996