The Taliban is well-known for their treatment of women as inferior citizens. But it doesn’t stop with blatant disrespect.
When the Taliban ruled in the 1990’s, woman were brutalized and oppressed. If you think those days have passed, think again.
According to the US Sun:
Taliban warlords reportedly view unmarried – or widowed – women and girls aged 12 to 45 as “qhanimat”, spoils of war to be divided amongst their fighters.
Afghans pouring into Kabul as refugees fleeing the march of the militants told stories of how commanders demanded they turn over women and girls to become their “wives” and be raped.
They also told of how civilians and captured soldiers were murdered by the Taliban, reported the Wall Street Journal.
Taliban officials have denied the group is enforcing sexual slavery – and claims that such actions are against the rules of Islam.
However, such practices were rampant the last time that the Taliban ruled Afghanistan.
And in July 2021 it was revealed Taliban officials had published a decree ordering local leaders to turn over lists of young girls and widows under 45.
If that doesn’t sound scary, I don’t know what does.
But now the Taliban is trying to minimize the threat they pose to all women in Afghanistan.
Fox News adds:
A Taliban spokesperson insisted to Fox News on Friday that “there will be no issue about women’s rights” following the militant group’s takeover of Afghanistan, despite widespread international concerns.
But Suhail Shaheen also said he opposes Western views that “women should have an education without [a] hijab.”
“That is a change of culture,” he said. “Our culture… they can receive education with hijab. They can work with hijab.”
The warm and fuzzies continued, with promises no American should accept.
When asked about future relations with the U.S., Shaheen said, “We should be focusing how can we work together in a positive and constructive way which is in the best of interest of both sides.”
“There will be no issue about the women’s rights. No problem about their education, their work,” he added. “But we should not be after changing each other’s culture as we are not intending to change your culture, you should not be changing our culture.”
Shaheen also described the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan as the closure of one chapter in the country’s history.
“We have closed one chapter. For us it was occupation. We ended that, we were staging resistance,” he told Fox News. “But now it is closed. It is the past. We have to focus on the future that is better for them and for us.”
Sure, I believe that. Just like I believe I could keep my plan if I wanted to. That my doctor would be in network. Or that Joe Biden created jobs, stimulated the economy, and brokered peace in the Middle East all at the same time.
I’d like to believe the women in Afghanistan are safe. But I’m afraid women and children are in danger. The little girls left behind will soon know what it’s like when a grown man covets them. And it’s all thanks to Joe Biden. But he never valued little girls anyway, did he?