Recent developments in Afghanistan have put the safety and well-being of its people, particularly women and girls, under threat. The Taliban’s recent reclamation of power has sparked outrage, as reports indicate a growing concern for young girls’ futures.
Disturbingly, it is said that the insurgent group has formed a registry of teenage girls over 15 years old who will be forcibly married to their soldiers, posing a severe risk to their lives.
Since the Taliban regained control in Afghanistan, concerns about human rights abuses have intensified, particularly those pertaining to women and girls.
The Taliban’s strict observance of Islamic law has led to regressive practices that curtail women’s independence and autonomy. Their most recent action shows further deterioration in their principles they have prepared a list of females for forced marriages with fighters.
The effects of forced marriages on victims are severe and long-lasting. Young girls in these situations have no control over their lives, education or goals.
They’re forced into unions that take away their autonomy and subject them to emotional, psychological, and physical abuse. This violent practice only perpetuates discrimination against women for generations, stifling progress towards gender equality.
By law, girls and women are obliged to wear concealing clothing that covers their heads down to their toes. They must also conceal their faces, preventing them from attending school or going to markets unaccompanied by a male companion.
Men are subject to similar laws regarding personal appearance including the prohibition of shaving facial hair and the requirement of wearing turbans on their heads. Those who engage in mischief or theft may face a serious penalty such as amputation of limbs as prescribed by some guidelines.
The Taliban’s strict laws come with severe consequences, including stoning to death for those who breach them. Nighttime wandering in Taliban territory is strictly forbidden.
The group claims that their regulations are not as harsh as before, but only if they are implemented through an Islamic perspective and after taking care of everyone. However, the reality is that their new legislation exacerbates women’s already dire situation under their control.