On Saturday, Taliban officials ordered all Afghan women to dress head to toe in public.
Women are encouraged to wear the burqa from head to toe, with only their eyes visible.
“We want our sisters to live with dignity and safety,” Khalid Hanafi, the Taliban’s vice and virtue ministry’s acting minister, is alleged to have remarked.
“For all dignified Afghan women wearing Hijab is necessary and the best Hijab is chadori (the head-to-toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful,” said Shir Mohammad, a vice and virtue ministry employee.
The order also said that if women do not have vital employment outside the house, they should stay at home.
“Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else,” Hanafi continued.
According to Reuters, if a woman breaks the law, her father or nearest male relative will be visited and may face jail time or termination from state employment.
In April, the Taliban issued an edict prohibiting women from traveling alone, which has been discreetly disregarded.
Furthermore, while private institutions and colleges continue to function in Kabul, rest of the country has forbidden girls from attending school after sixth grade.
Taliban hardliners are rewinding the clock in Afghanistan, allowing men and women to attend public parks on different days and banning cellphone usage in institutions.
In March, international media broadcasts and foreign drama shows were turned off.
Women had similar restrictions under the Taliban’s previous regime, which lasted from 1996 to 2001. A US-led coalition deposed them for sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Following America’s departure in the summer of last year, they reclaimed control.