The Taliban, according to sources in Herat province, has implemented a gender segregation plan in the province’s restaurants.
Men are not permitted to dine with family members in family restaurants, according to sources.
Owners have been verbally reminded that the rule applies “even if they are husband and wife,” according to Riazullah Seerat, a Taliban official at the Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Herat.
According to a woman who did not wish to be identified, the manager of a Herat restaurant yesterday told her and her husband to sit separately.
Seerat also stated that the ministry has issued a directive requiring Herat’s public parks to be gender-segregated, with men and women authorized to attend only on separate days.
“We told women to go to parks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” he continued. “The other days are set aside for males to visit for leisure and exercise.”
Since regaining control in August, the Taliban have increasingly implemented restrictions that separate men and women.