Taliban ‘marks doors of prominent women’ as female anchors axed from TV
Numerous ladies dread for their lives now that the Western-upheld government has fallen
Taliban fighters have gone house to house searching out ladies who assumed a part in open life, wiping paint outside their homes to stamp their areas, as indicated by reports.
It comes as female Afghan correspondents and journalists are dreading for their lives and have been ‘taken off air’ after the nation tumbled to the Taliban.
Homira Rezai, who experienced childhood in Afghanistan until she was 13 and presently lives in Dudley, addressed the media about how the new system were at that point drawing up lists and rosters of ladies to target.
‘Just an hour ago, I received an update from Kabul where they are going house to house searching for women who were activists, women who were bloggers, Youtubers, any women who had a role in the development of civil society in Afghanistan,’ she told BBC Women’s Hour.
‘They are going door to door targeting those women and marking the doors with bright pink or bright-coloured paint to ensure “this is the house we need to come back to and do something about them”.’
Famous ladies in public life are giving increasingly frantic threats in the midst of fears that the militant Islamist group will give out severe punishment and oversee an abusive system focusing on ladies.
Residents and villagers likewise say pictures of ladies on billboards have been covered up with the Taliban demanding that ladies ought to be totally covered with a burqa. Before fighters dominated, individuals could be caught sight of, preparing by painting over adverts showing ladies outside beauty salons, as seen in the top picture of this article.
The group have gained prominence for their brutality against women, who were banned from having education under the past government led by the Taliban, and to a great extent bound to their homes.
There have been reports of ladies being taken as sex slaves and fiercely raped and assaulted, while in July, others revealed of being walked home from work and ordered not to get back to their jobs.
The first female mayor in Afghanistan says she is presently waiting for the militants and assailants to and kill her.
Ms Rezai added:
‘There is a very large number of people still stuck there, abandoned in Afghanistan. The women that I speak to [who are still there], all of a sudden, within a couple of minutes we both start crying.
‘When I say “what is the worst pain that you’re feeling”, they say “it’s not because the Taliban have come back, it’s not that the government has given up on us, it’s not the international community has failed us, but it’s because the 20 years that I have worked, it’s gone down the drain”.
‘It’s because the future of their children is bleak, it’s because the rights the children had, that for example the Hazara community gained in the past 20 years, have gone.’
In May, a bombing outside a Kabul school that killed 90 people appeared to target young ladies leaving their classrooms and study halls, and was blamed on the Taliban.
Politicians and Lawmakers are additionally in peril as indicated Zarifa Ghafari, 27, who rose to fame in 2018 when she became the first female mayor in Afghanistan.
She told i on Sunday:
‘I’m sitting here waiting for them to come. There is no one to help me or my family.
‘I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family.’
In the mean time, writer Mustafa Kazemi said that ‘most’ TV channels have now taken their female anchors off screen.
One writer whose name the Guardian changed to ‘Aaisha‘ for her own wellbeing, said reports of females being beaten, coercively taken as wives and assaulted sexually had left her expecting that she could before long share their doom.
‘Firstly I am worried about myself because I am a girl, and also a woman journalist,’ the told the paper.
‘For many years, I worked as a journalist … to raise the voice of Afghans, especially Afghan women, but now our identity is being destroyed and nothing has been done by us to deserve this.
‘In the last 24 hours, our lives have changed and we have been confined to our homes, and death threatens us at every moment.’
Different ladies in the nation say the Taliban have been painting the doors and entryways of female activists to stamp them out for future disciplines.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on the Security Council on Monday to ‘utilize all devices available to its disposal to smother the worldwide terrorist threat in Afghanistan’ and guarantee that essential common liberties and basic human rights will be respected.
He said: ‘We are receiving chilling reports of severe restrictions on human rights throughout the country. I am particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan.
‘We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan.’
Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador Ghulam Isaczai told the Security Council on Monday that he was representing a large number of individuals ‘whose fate remains in a precarious situation,’ as he cautioned that women and young girls are ‘about to lose their freedom to go to school, to work and to participate in the political, economic, and social life of the country.’