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Billboard messages on veil haunt women activists

14 Jan 2020 - 15:16
14 Jan 2020 - 15:16

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Billboard messages on women‘s veil have angered women’s rights activists in western Herat province. The activists say extremism is growing fast in Herat.

Some extremist circles have been trying to push the women back into Taliban’s era by spreading such negative mindset.

Huge banners have already been installed at different points in Herat City. The banners say “Violation of veil by women is due to men’s non-strictness.”

One of the posters is installed on road leading to the shrine of Khawaja Abdullah Ansari by the Guzarargah Sharif administration.

Kulsoum Sediqi, a women’s rights activist, said extremism and women-centric negative mindset was on the rise in Herat.

She said installation of messages regarding women’s veil had no religious justification and women used veil in Herat as part of culture.

MuzghanIntezar, another activist, said a number of extremists were out to nurture Taliban ideology in the province.

She said installation of such messages on billboards would leave a negative impact on public minds and if not restricted, it would limit women’s activities.

Jawad Ameed, another women rights activist, said women wore veil as described in the Hanafi School of thought and no violation of this code was taking place in Herat.

Women rights activists demanded the government take action against expansion of extremism in the province.

Women Affairs Director AnisaSarwari expressed concern over the installation of women veil related billboards in the city and said they would discuss the issue in a meeting with ulema and rights activists.

Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Syed Mohammad Sherzadi said that a negative image of Herat was being promoted and rejected any violation of veil in the province.

He said extremism needed description and one billboard could not explain what extremism was. He called extremism a concept and said research was needed in this regard.

Governor Spokesperson JilaniFarhad said if women activists shared their concerns with them, they would address the issue.

/ma

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