KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations mission in Afghanistan mentioned Thursday it was deeply involved by current arbitrary arrests and detentions by the Taliban authorities of girls and ladies for allegedly violating gown codes relating to the Islamic scarf, or hijab.
The mission mentioned it was trying into claims of sick therapy of girls and extortion in change for his or her launch, and warned that bodily violence and detentions have been demeaning and harmful.
The Taliban mentioned final week that feminine law enforcement officials have been taking girls into custody for carrying “dangerous hijab.”
It was the primary official affirmation of a crackdown on girls who don’t comply with the gown code imposed by the Taliban since they returned to energy in 2021 — a crackdown that has echoed occasions in neighboring Iran, which noticed months of protests in 2022 and has lengthy enforced the necessary hijab.
The U.N. assertion mentioned hijab-enforcing campaigns within the capital, Kabul, and the province of Daykundi have been ongoing since Jan. 1, with massive numbers of girls and ladies warned and detained. The mission additionally mentioned girls from spiritual and ethnic minorities seem like disproportionately impacted.
“Enforcement measures involving bodily violence are particularly demeaning and harmful for Afghan girls and ladies,” mentioned Roza Otunbayeva, U.N. particular envoy and head of the mission.
“Detentions carry an infinite stigma that put Afghan girls at even larger danger,” she mentioned. “In addition they destroy public belief.”
The Taliban chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned the U.N. preoccupation with Afghan girls was unwarranted, and dismissed its issues.
“Afghan girls put on hijab of their very own accord,” he mentioned on X, previously often known as Twitter. “They do not should be pressured. The Vice and Advantage Ministry hasn’t pressured anybody (to put on hijab) both.”
In Could 2022, the Taliban issued a decree calling for girls to solely present their eyes and recommending they put on the head-to-toe burqa, much like restrictions throughout their earlier rule of the nation between 1996 and 2001.
A spokesman for the Vice and Advantage Ministry, Abdul Ghafar Farooq, earlier Thursday rejected experiences that ladies and ladies have been being arrested or overwhelmed for carrying “dangerous hijab” and known as it propaganda from the overseas media.