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Taliban bar men and women dining out together and visiting parks in Afghan city in latest clampdown

The Taliban has banned men and women from sitting together in restaurants and ordered that public parks are open for each sex on different days.

Women have stopped being issued driver’s licenses and are ordered to cover their whole bodies in western city Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest.

The formerly liberal city is also the site of a Taliban prison where women are being held without trial simply for taking taxis without male companions.

Other ‘immoral offences’ prompting women to be locked up include schoolgirls posing for photos with male classmates.

Taliban fighters in armoured cars participate in a military parade in Herat on April 19 this year

Taliban fighters in armoured cars participate in a military parade in Herat on April 19 this year

Women were pictured behind bars without trial at Herat Central Jail by an ITV crew last week - with the guilty's 'immoral behaviour' including taking taxis without male supervision

Women were pictured behind bars without trial at Herat Central Jail by an ITV crew last week - with the guilty's 'immoral behaviour' including taking taxis without male supervision

Women were pictured behind bars without trial at Herat Central Jail by an ITV crew last week – with the guilty’s ‘immoral…


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