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No place for women in Taliban’s Afghanistan

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“Any state that fails to act to end Pakistan’s invasion & prevent further Taliban brutality are betraying the women & girls of Afghanistan & making a complete mockery of their commitment to women’s rights,” tweeted Christopher (Chris) Alexander, a renowned Canadian diplomat-turned-politician with deep knowledge of Afghanistan. He was Canada’s first envoy to Kabul.

This feeling resonates among the international community. What is now being observed in Afghanistan is one of the most brutal and worst humanitarian crises imposed by the Taliban on ordinary Afghani people. An UNAMA July 2021 document reported that among the 800 civilians killed and 1,600 wounded in May and June, about half were women and children. During a briefing to the United Nations Security Council, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Ms.Deborah Lyons, in early August 2020 mentioned about the fears voiced to UNAMA by many Afghan women. She says, “They tell us that they fear they will be killed if the Taliban return to power simply because they worked for the government or an NGO.”

Unlike in the 1990s, it is observed that the Taliban is back with a much more harsh and cruel face than before; though deliberate attempts have been to project a ‘reformed’ Taliban to the international community. Ali Amiri, an Afghan sociologist and university professor says, “Much of the recent wave of displacement across Afghanistan has been caused by the fear the Taliban have created about how they will treat the survivors.” A cold shiver runs down the spine of Afghani women from the very thought of the Taliban taking over control in the country and its impact on their lives and future.

A report in the Wall Street Journal highlighted that the Taliban have demanded communities to hand over unmarried women to become “wives” for their terrorists. Several human-rights groups have voiced against this as a form of sexual violence. The author of the report, Saeed Shah tweeted that a local Taliban leader told the congregation at Friday prayers that all girls over the age of 15 and widows younger than 40 should be married to the insurgent fighters. Such is the vulgar and obnoxious thought process of the outfit that claims to assume national power.

Portraying the truth is a difficult affair in present day Afghanistan. Unlike the past, the Taliban are now aware that the world is watching them and........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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