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A woman in Afghanistan has said that people have witnessed the Taliban torturing women since they seized power on August 15, after the United States and allies withdrew most of their military presence from the country.
When the Taliban ruled the country in the late nineties, public executions and violence against women were frequently reported. Women were confined mainly to their own homes. The Taliban lost power in 2001 after a U.S.-led invasion in response to the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.
However, since they seized power back last weekend, the militant group has looked to portray a message that they have changed and that Afghan women will now have more rights than they did under their previous regime, as long as they comply with Sharia law. The group on Tuesday vowed to respect women’s rights and forgive those who fought for them.
But several reports have indicated that women are still being beaten and tortured and that people are being executed. ITV News reported on Thursday evening that an Afghan woman who fled her home to escape the Taliban said: “‘We have eyewitnesses in some provinces who have seen the Taliban torturing women.”
The woman, who remained anonymous for her safety, told the channel that the Taliban will “never respect or give value to women’s rights.”
Several reports have said that women have been afraid to walk the streets of the capital Kabul. The woman who spoke to ITV News confirmed this.
“We’re scared of wearing some clothes and walking on the street because we fear the Taliban might look at us and torture us because we’re wearing something different,” she said.
“Exposure to true information does not matter any more. A person who is demoralized is unable to assess true information….
The next stage is destabilization.”