The Taliban Bans Women from Sports Because It’s Not Islamic

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —

Afghanistan’s interim government, now controlled by the Taliban, has banned women’s sports because it is deemed not in accordance with Islamic law, which they believe in.

Deputy Head of the Culture Commission Taliban, Ahmadullah Wasiq, said that sport is considered inappropriate and unnecessary for people Afghan women.

The Taliban also banned women’s cricket teams Afghanistan compete in the future. In fact, cricket is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan.

“I don’t think women will be allowed to play cricket anymore. Because it’s not important for women to play cricket,” Wasiq said in a special interview with Australian media, SBS, Wednesday (8/9).

Wasiq said one of the reasons for the ban was because he was worried that women’s body parts would be exposed when exercising.

“In cricket, they may face a situation where their face and body are exposed. Islam does not allow women to look like that,” Wasiq said as quoted by Antara. The Guardian.

“This is the era of media, and there will be photos and videos, and people will watch them. Islam and the Islamic Emirate (Afghanistan) don’t allow women to play cricket or similar sports that show their (body),” he added.

Meanwhile, an official at the Afghanistan Cricket Council, admitted that he had not received official information about the fate of the country’s women’s cricket team. Match and training programs for the Afghan women’s cricket team have also been suspended.

Last August, Wasiq, said the Taliban regime would continue to allow the men’s cricket team to continue playing and gave the green light for the men’s national team to compete in Australia.

However, with this latest ban, the fate of the Afghan men’s cricket team is also in danger.

Because, the International Cricket Council (ICC) requires that a country has a men’s and women’s national cricket team.

Even so, Wasiq stressed that Afghanistan’s interim government “will not violate Islamic values ​​even if it brings an opposite reaction.

“We will not abandon our Islamic rule,” Wasiq said.

Islam, said Wasiq, allows women to travel to fulfill needs such as shopping. Meanwhile, Wasiq said that exercise was not considered a necessity, he explained.

This prohibition is considered to further strengthen the picture that the Taliban regime has not changed, especially towards the protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Since reclaiming power in Afghanistan on August 15, the Taliban has vowed to build an inclusive and more open government, including opening up spaces for women.

More recently, however, the Taliban announced their interim cabinet which was filled entirely with the group’s veteran top brass. All of them are men, with no representatives from other groups and groups in Afghanistan, including women representatives.

(isa/rds)

[Gambas:Video CNN]


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