A burqa-clad woman browses through children garments at a shop in Herat on May 7, 2022.
The Taliban on May 7 ordered women to cover fully in public, ideally with the traditional burqa [Mohsen Karimi/AFP]

Editor’s Note: The text in this page originally showed a news story about the imposition of gender segregation in Afghanistan’s Herat province. But the Taliban Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in a tweet has denied the ban on family gatherings and dinners in restaurants and hotels in the eastern province. We have therefore retracted the story pending further review.

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