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Afghanistan turmoil

Taliban's full-veil decree takes Afghan women back in time

Stripping women of their rights, government says world must 'respect' their rules

Afghan women wait to receive bread in Kabul in January. The Taliban continues to restore restrictions on women, including how they dress.   © Reuters

KABUL -- Sadat, an Afghan woman, said she feels like a prisoner in her own home. Once independent, she's now under the charge of male guardians, and things are only getting harder.

Each day, she watches her country's new rulers strip away her rights and limit her freedom. "Earlier, I was able to bear my own expenses because I had a good job in an office," the 24-year-old said. "But now, I am sitting at home with no income."

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