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'To keep girls out of school, women out of work': Malala slams Taliban for hijab decree

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New Delhi: Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has hit out at the Taliban for issuing a decree making the hijab compulsory for women in Afghanistan.

In a tweet, Malala said that this new rule by the Taliban government in Afghanistan has been made to keep girls out of school and women out of work and that the group wants to "erase girls and women from the public life" in the country.

"The Taliban want to erase girls and women from all public life in Afghanistan - to keep girls out of school and women out of work, to deny them the ability to travel without a male family member, and to force them to cover their faces and bodies completely," tweeted Malala.

She urged world leaders to hold the Taliban accountable for violating the human rights of Afghan women.

"We must not lose our sense of alarm for Afghan women as the Taliban continue to break their promises. Even now, women are taking to the streets to fight for their human rights and dignity - all of us, and especially those from Muslim countries, must stand with them," added Malala.

Earlier, UN chief Antonio Guterres Sunday aired his concerns about a recent decision by the Taliban to obligate Afghan women to cover head-to-toe, a decision that has led to severe criticism from human rights observers.

Step by step, the Taliban is obliterating Afghan women's human rights, UN Special Rapporteur Richard Bennett said a day after the Taliban issued the latest edict on making full-body veil a mandatory compounding with restrictions on education, and movement, employment, and public life.

Unrecognized by most of the international community, the Taliban-led government has committed to respecting the human rights and rights of women.

The UN mission in Afghanistan has expressed concern about the announcement, saying that this decision contradicts numerous assurances regarding respect for and protection of all Afghans' human rights, including those of women and girls.

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