By: Rukhshana Media
The Taliban has ordered female students of all faculties in Herat University to wear a long black or dark navy hijab and to ensure no dresses are fitted, coloured or too short, according to a letter seen by Rukhshana Media.
The letter is signed by Abdul Aziz Nemani, head of Herat university and issued on Thursday, October 21. In it, it also emphasizes that the professors and employees of the university should give advice and guidance to female students in terms of hijab and clothing.
Masooma*, one of the female students at Herat University’s Faculty of Engineering, confirmed to Rukhshana Media that the Taliban has forced female students at Herat University what they should wear.
Khalida*, one of the female students at Herat University’s Faculty of Arts, said that the Taliban, in addition to policing their clothing, the Taliban have warned them that if they talk on their cell phones inside the university, their phones will be broken.
According to her, the Taliban have warned that any kind of opposition to their orders will lead to expulsion from the university.
The Taliban have implemented gender segregation in universities. This means girls are mostly attending classes without any boys present. in Herat University, boys go to the university in the morning, while the girls attend their classes in the afternoon.
In the previous government, boys and girls studied in the same class in many faculties of Herat University, and there were no restrictions on the clothing of female students.
After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, there has been widespread deprivation of women in work, education (schools above the sixth grade are closed to female students) and extensive restrictions are imposed on travel and social freedoms.