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Life under Taliban rule

Things that are said to have been banned in parts of Afghanistan under the Taliban regime: news.bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/south_asia/newsid_144000/144382.stm)

Practices Reported in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan:

  • amputating the hands of thieves.
  • public executions
  • recently destroying ancient Buddhist statues
  • On the advice on the Hindu community elders, who used to be disturbed by the police who thought them to be Muslims who had shaved their beards, on May 22, 2001, the Taliban issued an order that Hindus and other non-Muslims must wear a yellow identity symbol. This policy was replaced in June of the same year, by an order that Hindus were required to carry a special identification card.
  • Muslim men are beaten or jailed for shaving or excessively cutting their beards
  • women are not permitted to wear see-through socks[?] or shoes, nor to wear shoes that make noise when walking
  • women suffer physical punishment if showing face in public
  • houses with women present must have windows facing the street painted over so people outside would not be able to look inside.



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