After the sweeping victory in Afghanistan, Taliban vowed that they would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law. The statement left the Afghan women especially the educated ones who will now be refrained to homes.
It all started in early July after Taliban leaders who took control of the provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar issued an order to local religious leaders to provide them with a list of girls over the age of 15 and widows under the age of 45 for ’marriage’ with Taliban fighters.
While the reason behind why the leaders asked the details is still unknown, the Taliban have signaled their intention is to deny girls’ education past the age of 12, to ban women from employment, and reinstate the law requiring women to be accompanied by a guardian.
The country saw women and girls being subjected to abhorrent violence as the Taliban re-asserts their power. The scenario is reminding Afghanistan in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks when a man was shot in front of his 15-year-old daughter in 1995, because he allowed her to go to school.
“If the Taliban take over Kabul they will not allow us to live the independent lives we live today. We are very worried about the forced marriages by the Taliban. If they come for us like this, then we will end our lives. It will be the only option for us”, said an Afghan woman to the media.
Offering ‘wives’ is a strategy aimed at luring militants to join the Taliban. This is sexual enslavement, not marriage, and forcing women into sexual slavery under the guise of marriage is both a war crime and a crime against humanity. Article 27 of the Geneva Convention states: