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Taliban issues first Fatwa, bans co-education in government and private universities

The decision was taken after a three-hour meeting between varsity professors, owners of private institutions, and Taliban authorities, Khaama Press News Agency reported on Saturday.

Taliban issues first Fatwa, bans co-education in government and private universities-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 21, 2021, 5:43 PM IST
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Days after claiming to respect women's rights in Afghanistan under Sharia law, the Taliban issued the first fatwa ordering a ban on co-education in government and private universities in the restive Herat province.

The decision was taken after a three-hour meeting between varsity professors, owners of private institutions, and Taliban authorities, Khaama Press News Agency reported on Saturday.

Since, Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan last week, girls will no longer be allowed to sit in the same class as boys as the militant group described it as the 'root of all evils in society'.

In the last two decades, Afghanistan has had a mix system of both co-education and individual classes, and schools operate individual classes, but co-education is applied in both government and private universities and institutions across the country.

The Taliban's longtime spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, on Tuesday in his first-ever public appearance to address those concerns at a news conference, had promised the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would honour women's rights within the norms of Islamic law (Sharia law), in an effort to portray a more moderate stance.

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He had also said virtuous female lecturers would be allowed to teach only female students but not the male ones.

Farid alternatively suggested that female lecturers or elderly male ones who are virtuous are allowed to teach female students and for co-education, there is neither an alternative nor any justification to be continued.

Lecturers in Herat said, since private institutions cannot afford separate classes, thousands of girls may remain deprived of higher education.

According to official estimates, Herat has 40,000 students and 2,000 lecturers in private as well as government universities and colleges. 

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