Kabul: Women protest for their rights in front of Taliban

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

18th Aug, 2021. 11:44 am
Kabul: Women protest for their rights in front of Taliban

women in the Afghan capital, Kabul, protested against the Taliban and demanded their basic rights in front of the Taliban after they took over Afghanistan.

The video, which went viral on social media, shows women protesting in the Afghan capital, Kabul, holding handwritten placards and protesting against the Taliban and demanding their basic rights.

Afghan women are also chanting anti-Taliban slogans during the protests, while the Afghan Taliban can also be seen in the video around women who are allowing women to protest instead of getting angry.

The video shows the protesting women wearing burqas and hijabs but no hijab on their faces.

On the other hand, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad while sharing the video said that women were protesting against the Taliban on the streets of Kabul.

She wrote, “These brave women took to the streets in Kabul to protest against Taliban. They simplify asking for their rights, the right to work, the right for education and the right to political participation. The right to live in a safe society. I hope more women and men join them.”

Note that, the Taliban gave a huge statement on Tuesday since coming to power that they would not make the full burqa obligatory for women.

Previously under the Taliban governance, it was compulsory for all the females in Afghanistan to wear Burqa for travelling outside their residence.

Under their governance in 1996-2001, girls’ schools were sealed, women were banned from roaming and working, and women were enforced to wear an all-covering burqa in public areas.

“The burqa is not the only hijab (headscarf) that (can) be observed, there are different types of hijab not limited to the burqa,” Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the group’s political office in Doha, told Britain’s Private News channel.

The burqa is a one-piece over clothing that’s sole purpose is to protect the entire head and body, with a small panel to see through.

Shaheen further did not stipulate other types of hijab that would be considered adequate by the Taliban.

Many countries and rights groups have elevated the alarm for the destiny of women’s education in Afghanistan now that it is in the hands of the Taliban who arrived in the capital Kabul on Sunday claiming complete control.

Women “can get education from primary to higher education — that means university. We have announced this policy at international conferences, the Moscow conference, and here at the Doha conference (on Afghanistan),” stated Shaheen.

Thousands of schools in areas seized by the Taliban were stagnant operational, he further added.

Furthermore, the previous Taliban government forced the sternest clarifications of shariah law of Islam, launching religious police for the overpowering of “vice”.

Previously Taliban courts dispensed life-threatening punishments comprising chopping off the hands of thieves and stoning to death women blamed of infidelity.


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