A local news agency in Afghanistan reported on Monday that university classes started in the country but with a “curtain of separation”. posted on Twitter by Aamaj News shows male and female students sitting in a class room with curtains between them.

Taliban have said in many interviews that they have no issue with women education “but they should study with a hijab”.

This is a result of education policy outline given by the Taliban, now in power in Afghanistan, through their diktats.

The Taliban diktat said that female students should only be taught by other women, but if that was not possible then “old men” of good character could fill in.

The Taliban’s education authority  lengthy order issued on Saturday, the Taliban ordered women attending private Afghan universities to wear an abaya robe and niqab covering most of the face. They also said that classes must be segregated by sex  or at least divided by a curtain.

During that period, girls and women were mostly excluded from education because of rules regarding same sex classrooms and the insistence they had to be accompanied by a male relative whenever they left the house.

Women must also end their lesson five minutes earlier than men to stop them from mingling outside, the Taliban order further said.The decree, said Taliban, applies to private colleges and universities, which have mushroomed since their first rule ended in 2001.

The Taliban have assured of a moderate and includive government this time and have issued statements in a bid to build confidence. But on the ground, situation hasn’t changed much.

 “Nigara a police officer was shot dead infront of her kids and husband last night at 10PM in Ghor province. Nigara was 6 months pregnant, she was shot dead by the Taliban,” leading Afghan journalist Bilal Sarwary tweeted on Sunday citing her family members.

On Saturday, a pregnant Afghan policewoman Banu Nigara was shot dead by Taliban fighters in front of her husband and children at her home in Firozkoh, local media reported.

The Taliban have, however, denied they were involved in the killing of Nigara. Colleges and higher education institutions opened in Afghanistan on Monday after remaining closed for months, first due to coronavirus disease  and later because of chaos in the war-torn country.

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