Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen: Reports

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Kabul: The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools, with only boys and male teachers allowed back into classrooms.

Reportedly, working women have been told to stay at home until the security situation improves, and Taliban fighters have beaten women protesting against the all-male interim government.

On Friday, the Islamist group appeared to have shut down the women affairs ministry and replaced it with a department that once enforced strict religious doctrines.

Many fear a return of the regime of the 1990s when the Taliban severely restricted girls’ and women’s rights.

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