Afghanistan: Taliban says men and women can only visit amusement parks on separate, specified days

Several months after taking over the Afghanistan government, the Taliban continue to enforce segregation rules in various areas. The latest topic of contention appears to be amusement parts, with men and women now being banned from visiting on the same day. According to reports, men would be allowed to visit between Wednesday and Saturday, while women could pick any other day from the remainder of the week.

The development comes around a month after Taliban members were banned from going on amusement park rides with weapons and military fatigues and insignia. “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are not allowed to enter amusement parks with weapons, military uniforms and vehicles,” said Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

The Taliban’s apparent fondness for amusement parks is not new. It may be recalled that as the militant group took over the reigns of the Afghan government last year, videos of Taliban fighters taking rides in an amusement park had gone viral. The joyous visuals (especially at a time when thousands were making attempts to exit the country) had at the time been dubbed “nightmarishly strange” by netizens.

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