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Taliban say women can study at university but classes must be segregated

The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, stated that the new Taliban administration announced last week would "start reconstructing the country on what exists today" and would not wish to go back 20 years to when the movement was in control.

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Kabul, First Published Sep 12, 2021, 6:26 PM IST
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Women will be permitted to study at universities in Afghanistan as the country rebuilds after decades of conflict. Still, gender segregation and an Islamic dress code will be required, according to the Taliban's new Higher Education Minister on Sunday. The minister, Abdul Baqi Haqqani, stated that the new Taliban administration announced last week would "start reconstructing the country on what exists today" and would not wish to go back 20 years to when the movement was in control. In line with the movement's understanding of Islamic Sharia law, he stated that female pupils would be taught by women whenever feasible, and classrooms would stay separate.

He stated at a press conference that we have many female instructors and that every effort would be made to recruit and offer female teachers for female pupils. One of the key issues confronting the Taliban as they strive to persuade the world that they have evolved since the harsh fundamentalist rule they established in the 1990s, when women were mainly barred from studying or working outside the house, is the subject of women's education. According to Taliban leaders, women would be free to study and work in line with Sharia law and local cultural customs, but severe clothing codes will apply. 

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Haqqani stated that hijab religious veils would be required for all female students but did not explain whether this meant headscarves or facial coverings. On Saturday, a group of women students dressed in black robes that covered them fully from head to foot was demonstrated in Kabul in dress codes and separate classrooms. Haqqani stated that in the absence of female teachers, additional steps would be implemented to maintain isolation. He further told reporters that gender segregation will be enforced across Afghanistan and that all college topics would be examined in the coming months.

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