Afghan refugee claims Taliban raping the dead bodies of its victims as violence against women grows

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AFGHANISTAN – Horrific stories of violence against women continue to pour out of Afghanistan as Americans continue their evacuation from the country, including the raping of the living and the dead by Taliban fighters.

A young Afghan girl identified as “Muskan” who fled Afghanistan to India after threats from a jihadist group, told News18 that the Taliban have been seizing women from “each household” as they conquer towns:

“When we were there, we received numerous warnings. If you go to work, you are under threat, your family is under threat. After one warning, they would stop giving any warning.

“They rape dead bodies too. They don’t care whether the person is dead or alive. Can you imagine this?”

Muskan said that women identified by the Taliban as those who aided the U.S.-supported Afghan government were especially at risk of reprisal. She said the Taliban promised a “horrible destiny” for those women.

Shabana Basij-Rasikh, the founder of the School of Leadership Afghanistan, the only all-girl boarding school in Afghanistan, said that she is burning school records to protect students who attended and their families from Taliban violence:

“As the founder of the only all-girls boarding school in Afghanistan, I’m burning my students’ records not to erase them, but to protect them and their families. I’m making this statement to mainly reassure the families of our students whose records we burned and our supporters of our safety.”

Although Basij-Rasikh said she feels safe, she is concerned about others in the country as the Taliban re-imposes Sharia law, which does not afford women many rights:

“The fire in me to invest in the education of Afghan girls who have no way out grows brighter, stronger, and louder… The time to appropriately express my gratitude will come. But right now, there are many who aren’t or increasingly don’t feel safe. I’m broken and devastated for them.”

Under the Taliban’s version of Sharia Law, women can get an education but not in a regular school, college, or madrasas where boys or men study, as women are not allowed to interact with boys over 12 or men who are not family.

Women who violate Sharia law under the Taliban have been sentenced to punishments including flogging and stoning to death.

The Taliban enforced strict and brutal rule over women when they ruled the country prior to the U.S. intervention that forced them from power.

Although the Taliban have recently claimed they would respect women’s rights, evidence coming out of the country suggests otherwise.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s longtime spokesman, promised this week that the Taliban would honor women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law. What those norms were was not explained.

The Taliban have encouraged women to return to work and have allowed girls to return to school, handing out Islamic headscarves at the door. A female news anchor was permitted to interview a Taliban official in a TV studio.

Most of the world is concerned that the Taliban leadership is putting on a show of tolerance until all international influence leaves the country, and then they will revert back to their violent past.

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and director of the Centre for Women, Peace, and Security at the London School of Economics, described the situation faced by women inside the country:

“Do we take them for their word and say: ‘Oh it’s going to be fine, this is Taliban 2.0, they’ve evolved.’ Or do we take them for their actions?

“Once the diplomats leave, the journalists leave, the international NGOs leave, they are going to basically lock the doors… God knows what we’ll see then.”

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Female Afghanistan cop shot eight times and had her eyes gouged out by Taliban: ‘Our bodies are fed to dogs’

August 21, 2021

 

On Monday, August 16th, News18 reported that a 33-year-old woman named Khatera, who claimed to have been brutalized by the Taliban, shared her horrific story amongst other disturbing actions the Taliban takes against women.

Khatera, a former police personnel, was brutalized by the Taliban in October 2020 when she was two months pregnant. On her way back home from work, she was accosted by three Taliban fighters who checked her ID first and then shot her multiple times.

She took eight bullets to her upper body and indiscriminate knife injuries all over the rest of her body. The Taliban pierced her eyes with knives after she fell unconscious and they left her to die. She said to News18:

“In the eyes of Taliban, women are not living, breathing human beings, but merely some meat and flesh to be battered.”

Since the brutal attack, she has been living with her husband and child for her treatment in Delhi since November 2020. She stated that it was her father, a former Taliban fighter, who conspired the attack on her. She added:

“They [Taliban] first torture us [women] and then discard our bodies to show as specimen of punishment. Sometimes our bodies are fed to dogs. I was lucky that I survived it. One has to live in Afghanistan under the Taliban to even imagine what hell has befallen on the women, children, and minorities there.”

Khatera noted it was possible for her to move to Kabul then go to Delhi for treatment because she had the money to do so. She said:

“This fortune is not available for all. Women and anyone who disobeys the Taliban die in the streets.”

According to reports, a group of women in Kabul held a protest on Tuesday, August 17th, to demand the radical Islamist Taliban respect their fights.

Islamic law has historically opposed educating girls, allowing women in public without prominent head and face coverings, or granting women most of the basic rights considered universal in international human rights law.

Taliban officials have repeatedly stated in the past four months that they will respect the rights of women “according to the sharia,” which has done little to calm the nerves of women in Kabul, particularly those who remember the Taliban’s previous rule. 

The Taliban’s record of abuse against women was prolific prior to the U.S. invasion of the country. In November 2001, former President George W. Bush said:

“Women are imprisoned in their homes and are denied access to basic health care and education.”

Testimonies from regions the Taliban reconquered this past year prior to Kabul suggest that little has changed. Recent reports indicated that jihadists were invading homes door-to-door seeking girls as young as 12 to marry their jihadist fighters or force them into sex slavery.

On Tuesday, August 17th, Taliban officials issued a formal statement offering a general “amnesty” to former Afghan government workers and calling for women to join the new jihadist movement. Taliban leader Enamullah Samangani said:

“The Islamic Emirate doesn’t want women to be victims. They should be in government structure according to Sharia law.”

At a press conference the same day, spokesman Zabihullah Mijahid similarly insisted that the Taliban was open to giving women freedom, but only within the confines of its extremely repressive interpretation of sharia.

However, two days later, on Thursday, August 19th, Taliban leader Waheedullah Hashimi stated that the group would not implement democracy in Afghanistan because its culture and Islamic sharia law did not support such a political system. He said:

“There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country. We will not discuss what type of political system we should apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.”

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