In place of Women’s Ministry Taliban has Ministry Of Virtue And Vice

Employees in Kabul, teh capital city of war-ravaged Afghanistan replaced signs for the country’s women’s ministry with those for the Taliban’s moral police on Friday, as former female employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building.

A sign for the building was covered by a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, reading “Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” on Friday, according to photographs and Reuters witnesses.

Women workers said they had been trying to come to work for several weeks. However, they were told to return to their homes, according to videos filmed outside the building seen by Reuters. The gates of the building were finally locked on Thursday, one of the women said.

“I am the only breadwinner in my family,” said a second woman, who also said she worked in the department.

“When there is no ministry, what should an Afghan woman do?”

Taliban spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

The Taliban took control of the entire country last month last amid the chaos following the withdrawal of US soldiers.

During that period its Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice became known as the group’s moral police, enforcing its interpretation of sharia that included a strict dress code and public executions and floggings.

A list of cabinet posts by the Taliban on September 7 included an acting minister for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice. However, they made no mention of a women minister. Though, the group did not confirm the department had been made non-functional.