As the news spread of the Taliban overthrowing the Afghan national government, words of solidarity from around the world spread like wildfire. Social media is full of sympathetic tweets and opinioned views on the current circumstances yet the major question remains- what future does Afghanistan hold? To understand this, it’s important to know what the Taliban is.
Introduction to Taliban:
The Taliban in Afghanistan is widely recognized as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar now declared as Afghan President, a radical Islamic group that forcefully implements Islamic Sharia Law. Their wide popularity begins with their harsh enforcement of Sharia law in the country from 1996 to 2001. In easy words, it is a Deobandi Islamist movement and military organization in Afghanistan, currently waging war within several countries. During their incumbency as Government, they were recognized only by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, all of which have been secretly funding the organization.
Future of Afghan women
As feud as it sounds, the Taliban has denied forcefully capturing anyone and wish to restore peace and harmony within Afghanistan. Contrary to this, the commander of the chief has reportedly announced that that girl as young as 12 would be forcefully married or captured as per the requirement. With this unofficial declaration, the future of Afghan women seems inevitably doomed. Life comes to stop for women of opinion. According to Islamic Sharia Law, as enforced by the Taliban, women accused of adultery would be stoned to death while executed on wearing a tight outfit. From forceful marriage to women persecution, nothing to everything is possible when the Taliban holds the crown-
- Women should not be seen on the street unattended without a blood relative or a burka.
- Since no man should hear a woman’s footsteps, high-heeled shoes should not be worn by women.
- A woman’s voice should not be heard by a stranger when she is speaking loudly in public.
- In order to prevent women from being seen from the street, all windows on the ground and first floors of residential buildings should be painted over or covered with a screen.
- Women are prohibited from having their pictures taken, filmed, or displayed in newspapers or books or stores, or at home.
- To remove the word “women” from any place name.
- Women are not allowed to appear on their balconies.
- Women are prohibited from appearing on radio, television, or in any public gathering.
In 2001 when the Taliban last held the power, women were denied educational rights or employment opportunities. With the group once again in power it’s not difficult to predict how the life of women in the country would change dramatically. To add more misery, a man can marry four wives at once as young as 12-if not, this practice from now would be encouraged. Things become even more difficult for educated women who now are doomed to say goodbye to the career they worked so hard for. It’s devastating as a woman to write about the misery Afghan women had in store for them.
Women are just the victim of a war that men started. Even though the Taliban will now rule in the country, the threat to women is much more than that of males. One catastrophic fact is that few people are happy with the Taliban takeover, who hates women to be educated, free, or have a voice. Instead of standing with the people, they stand with the militant group and give them even more power. The world can now only pray or bear witness to the atrocities our fellow members have been forced upon. I hope that the people of Afghanistan would stand by each other against the group and the people from the world to do something before it’s too late.