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Taliban fighters reportedly ‘flogging’ people in the streets for wearing western clothing

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Taliban fighters reportedly ‘flogging’ people in the streets for wearing western clothing…

Taliban fighters are reportedly flogging Afghan civilians in the streets for wearing ‘westernised’ clothing such as jeans as they cement their power in Afghanistan.

Several young Afghans posted on social media they had been beaten and whipped by members of the Taliban for wearing jeans after being accused of disrespecting Islam.

One social media post says the boys were ‘walking with friends in Kabul,’ when they were confronted by Taliban soldiers.

Two of their friends escaped, the youth said, but the others were held at gunpoint as they were beaten and whipped in the street.

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A Taliban official told local newspaper Etilaatroz that the movement was still deciding on the dress code for men, but reports suggest the Taliban is unwilling to allow ‘westernised’ clothing that deviates from traditional ‘Afghan dress’.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported that sales of burqas have surged in Afghanistan amid a two-fold increase in prices.

Etilaatroz newspaper also reported over the weekend that one of its journalists had also been beaten for not wearing ‘Afghan clothes’ such as full-body gowns, according to a report in the Telegraph.

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Under the Taliban’s previous rule in the late 90s, men had to wear traditional robes while girls were forced to wear a burqa from the age of eight.

Yet photos and videos out of Afghanistan have depicted younger Taliban fighters adopting accessories such as sunglasses, baseball caps and trainers or combat boots despite their crackdown on western influence in the country.

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