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Taliban to recruit 200 morality police officers to enforce Islamic law

Kabul, June 1 (EFE).- Afghanistan’s de-facto Taliban government has begun the process of recruiting 200 morality police officers to ensure strict enforcement of Islamic law.

The intense recruitment process for Ombudsmen or inspectors for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Ministry includes written exams in Islamic studies.

The recruits will be posted to 22 districts of Kabul province, authorities said on Thursday.

Mohammad Sadiq Akif, a spokesperson for the ministry, said the applicants must have completed Islamic studies, including the interpretation of the holy Quran, hadiths or collections of traditions and anecdotes about the Prophet Muhammad, and other religious books.

More than 250 candidates have written the examination in the first phase of the selection process.

“The candidates have to pass a verbal examination too to check their presentation and communication skills and assess if a candidate can deliver good advice, preach, and convince people,” Akif said.

The Taliban’s Ombudsmen have a fundamental role in the execution and follow-up of the guidelines of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice on dress, behavior, music, and social life in general.

The gun-toting inspectors, donning white coats, patrol the city, checking for any deviation from the restrictions, such as not allowing women to travel alone with taxi drivers or without veils.

Since returning to power in August 2021, the Taliban have been reinstating the oppressive norms of their previous regime based on a rigid interpretation of Islamic law and their strict social code known as Pashtunwali. EFE


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