The Taliban Islamic regime ordered Afghan women to cover their faces in public in a decree passed on Saturday.
According to the decree of Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzad, Reuters reported that the ideal face covering is the all-encompassing burqa.
If a woman does not comply with the new rule, her father or closest male relative will be visited and eventually imprisoned or fired from government posts, a spokesman for the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said in a news conference, according to Reuters.
Most women in Afghanistan already choose to wear headscarves, but often do not cover their faces in urban areas such as Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August last year, they have enacted draconian laws restricting women’s freedom.
The experts criticized the “Taliban’s attempts to continuously wipe women and girls out of public life”.