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Taliban announce closure of women’s baths in Afghanistan’s province

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According to Khaama Press, Taliban officials in northern Balkh province, which borders Uzbekistan, have announced the closure of all general baths for women.

As the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan spreads across the country, so do their restrictions, particularly on women.

Religious scholars and provincial officials from the province’s Directorate of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice unanimously agreed on the decision.

According to the new decision, women can only shower in private baths while wearing Islamic hijab, not in public baths, according to the report.

The decision was made after consultations with religious scholars, according to the head of the Directorate of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Balkh province (Ulema).

“Since people do not access modern baths at home, men are allowed to go to general baths, but women are supposed to go to private baths while observing hijab,” said the head of the directorate.

Underage boys are also prohibited from using general baths, and body massage is prohibited in the baths.

Local officials in western Herat province had previously closed general baths for women.

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