“They do not take into account ladies as people,” says Humeira Rizai, a researcher and activist from Afghanistan who fled her nation together with tens of 1000’s of compatriots to flee the atrocities of the Taliban.
It was a return of the nightmare for ladies like Rizai and Afghan parliamentarian Shinkai Karokhail when the Islamic militia swept throughout Afghanistan final month, seizing management once more of virtually all key cities and cities, together with capital Kabul, after twenty years following the withdrawal of the US forces.
“Women had been executed and overwhelmed (when Taliban took over earlier). They took away all their rights. Women labored very exhausting to get again on their ft since 2000 which has once more been misplaced,” Rizai mentioned.
In an interplay with ladies journalists organised by the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Karokhail recalled the turmoil Afghan ladies have been going by means of for the reason that Taliban took over the nation.
“It is a horrible state of affairs there,” she mentioned.
Karokhail mentioned the Taliban went to the houses of ladies activists and politicians, who couldn’t depart Afghanistan as many nations had stopped giving visas, to intimidate them and so they needed to both flee the nation or keep quiet.
“So plenty of ladies activists and politicians had been caught in Afghanistan and stored altering their locations as a result of the Taliban went to their houses looking. They took the weapons of their safety personnel. Their automobiles had been additionally taken by the Taliban.
“So that is the best way they needed to scare ladies who needed to run away or preserve silent and never elevate their voice,” Karokhail, who can also be a ladies’s rights activist, mentioned.
Afghan journalist Fatima Faramarz mentioned ladies are thought-about “animals and the Taliban decides to deal with them as they please”.
Recalling a latest incident, she claimed her colleagues had been brutally overwhelmed after they went to cowl a protest.
“They had been overlaying a protest. They had been taken by the Taliban to a police station and had been overwhelmed with batons and electrical cables. They beat them with no matter that they had of their palms,” mentioned Faramarz who broke down whereas narrating the incident.
She mentioned the way forward for ladies in Afghanistan is “unclear” and bleak beneath the Taliban rule.
Taliban earlier took over Afghanistan within the Nineties.
According to Human Rights Watch, the Taliban’s rights file within the Nineties was characterised by systematic violations in opposition to ladies and ladies; merciless corporal punishments, together with executions; and excessive suppression of freedom of faith, expression, and schooling.
Noting that girls of at the moment in Afghanistan should not the identical as 20 years again, Karokhail mentioned they’re conscious, knowledgeable and know their rights.
“The ladies have the appropriate to be included. It isn’t the person’s nation and we’ve equal rights over the nation,” she mentioned.
Karokhail mentioned ladies are struggling in Afghanistan as all financial actions have closed.
“Taliban and supporters of Taliban like Pakistan, China and Russia have to be made accountable as a result of they’re behind the state of affairs there. The US should have accepted the errors they made in Afghanistan,” she mentioned.
“I left my nation with a heavy and damaged coronary heart, it wasn’t straightforward and I struggled so much,” mentioned Karokhail who left Afghanistan on August 20, 5 days after Kabul fell.
Rizai mentioned the Taliban rule within the Nineties despatched the nation 100 years again.
“They did not take into account ladies as people. I used to be born in a rural space through the Taliban rule and couldn’t go to highschool there at the moment. We worry that there will probably be an excessive rise in trafficking and promoting of ladies in Afghanistan now that the Taliban is again,” she mentioned.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)