HYDERABAD: A purported news report by CNN on the Taliban banning sanitary napkins in Afghanistan is viral on social media.

"Taliban bans sanitory napkins in Afghanistan, says it's not a Sharia complaint practice, (sic)" is circulating on social media.

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The screenshot is morphed and no such ban has been reported yet.

Firstly, NewsMeter noticed several spelling errors in the viral screenshot which hints at a possibility that the screenshot is fake. The word "sanitary" has been misspelled as "sanitory" and "complaint" has been misspelled as "compliant".

Secondly, a comparison between the official CNN website and the viral screenshot shows that the layouts are different. The dateline and author-by-line are missing in the viral screenshot, plus the CNN logo is upside down. This clearly shows that the screenshot is not genuine. Thirdly, the picture of the woman in the viral image has been carried by several websites over the years as a representative image. (Click here and here to view)

Moreover, NewsMeter checked the CNN website and other credible media organizations but found no reports on the Taliban banning the use of sanitary napkins in Afghanistan (at the time of writing this article). Evidently, the screenshot is morphed and no such ban has been made yet.

Claim Review :   CNN reports on Taliban banning sanitary pads in Afghanistan
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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