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Burqa clad women walks past a billboard put up on the wall of a beauty salon in Kabul on August 7, 2021. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

Update: According to The New York Post and Fox News, the Taliban has already killed at least one woman for refusing to wear a Burqa, but the reports have yet to be confirmed by other sources.

With the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan, one vulnerable community is asking an important question: how will Afghan women be treated? The Taliban, long known for their focus on “morals” and tendency to punish those who don’t fall into line, has long held women to strict rules, imposing a strict version of Sharia Law on Afghan women and girls. 

Sharia Law regulates all behavior for Muslims, drawing upon policies taken from the Muslim Holy Book, the Qur’an, and the words of the prophet Mohammad. In addition to restricting their behavior, women under Sharia Law are expected to wear a full burqa, a garment that covers a woman’s entire body, as a sign of modesty. 

20 years ago, when the Taliban last claimed total power in Afghanistan, women were not permitted to work or attend school under Sharia Law. Fingernail polish was not allowed, nor was driving. 

Taliban enforces strict version of Sharia Law

Punishment for breaking Sharia Law can be extremely harsh. In the past, women were stoned or had their hands cut off for what the Taliban considered serious infractions. One woman, who sought medical aid without a male companion, was beaten when she was discovered

Malala Yousafazei was shot in the head by Taliban fighters for advocating for women’s education. The 24-year-old made an impassioned plea following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul on Sunday, confirming she is “deeply worried about women, minorities and human rights advocates.”

“We watch in complete shock as Taliban takes control of Afghanistan. Global, regional and local powers must call for an immediate ceasefire, provide urgent humanitarian aid and protect refugees and civilians,” she wrote on Twitter. 

World watches as Taliban takes over

The Taliban, however, has pledged that they will not retaliate against those who oppose them, and that they will respect the rights of women — within Islamic law. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has sought to distance this Taliban from the same sociopolitical group who ruled the country 20 years ago, while a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Enamullah Samangani, has encouraged women to join the government

But the people of Afghanistan remain skeptical, while humanitarian groups vow to fight against civil abuses. Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights, noted that the U.N. will monitor the evolving situation in Afghanistan, stating, “the rights of all Afghans must be defended.” 

Most recently, reports have come in to trusted news sources such as The Guardian, claiming the Taliban, in at least some instances, have beaten women and children in an effort to stop them from fleeing to Kabul’s airport.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan said at a recent White House briefing, “there have been instances where we have received reports of people being turned away or pushed back or even beaten.”

“We are taking that up in a channel with the Taliban to try to resolve those issues. And we are concerned about whether that will continue to unfold in the coming days.”

Erika Stone is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at the University of Oklahoma, and a graduate assistant at Schusterman Library. A Chess Memorial Scholar, she has a B.A. in Psychology...

One reply on “Taliban vows to respect the rights of Afghan women as world watches”

  1. If the Taliban doesn’t allow women to be Pole Dancers, and to freely Booty-Pop all night at the Club, we should tell them we are going to send in our Army — the world’s most powerful Army, by the way — and force them to free their women.

    Women in Afghanistan should be allowed to work so they can:
    – learn the Western Values of being paid seventy-five cents for every dollar a man earns — like we do it here in America,
    – learn how to sleep their way to the top, and
    – learn what a glass-ceiling is, and why we in America have them

    But maybe they can apply for the “Saudi Arabia” exception, where, like Saudi Arabia, the women could still be treated as second-class citizens BUT the United States is okay with it — so much okay with it that even our President will do some sort of (?Satanic?) sword dance with the Kings and Princes of that country (curiously with no women present).

    We in America have successfully kept our women in a status lower than men. We are so cultured and refined in this stove-piping of women that the second and third most powerful individuals in our Federal Government are women (Kamala Harris, and Nancy Pelosi) but yet we, collectively, as a Free country STILL keep them down. Maybe we can teach the Taliban how to do it our way — the Western way.

    We Americans have so much we could teach the Taliban on how to treat women. They better listen to us — or– did I mention we have the most powerful Army in the World? They will straighten up quick if we start hinting that we’ll send our Army in there if they don’t treat their women the way we do here in America!

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