‘A woman is not a property’: Taliban issue decree on female rights


The Taliban authorities issued a decree saying girls in Afghanistan shouldn’t be thought-about “property”, and will consent to marriage.

The militant group’s newest diktat issued on Friday, nonetheless, nonetheless stays silent on fundamental rights for girls, together with the fitting to get educated and work outdoors their properties.

The group has been ruling Afghanistan for greater than three months now.

“A lady isn’t a property, however a noble and free human being; nobody can provide her to anybody in alternate for peace … or to finish animosity,” the Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a press release.

The most recent decree said guidelines governing marriage and property rights for girls, and took a stand in opposition to pressured marriages.

In its first such official order, the Taliban additionally stated widows ought to be granted a share of their deceased husband’s property.

It additionally requested courts to contemplate these guidelines when making selections. Officers from spiritual affairs and knowledge ministries have been requested by the Taliban to advertise these rights.

This directive comes at a time when the militant group is going through scrutiny from the worldwide neighborhood amid studies of gross violations of human rights, together with the shutdown of faculties and faculties for girls, after the US-backed administration led by president Ashraf Ghani collapsed in August.

One other downside residents face is a consequence of the nation’s collapsing economic system. Going through extreme debt and hunger, Afghans are promoting off their younger daughters in alternate for dowry cash. In some instances, destitute mother and father are pressured to make guarantees of providing their child women for future marriages.

The brand new diktat has refreshed reminiscences of the Taliban’s earlier hardline rule from 1996 to 2001– earlier than it was ousted by the coalition of western nations – the place it barred women and girls from attending colleges, faculties and places of work.

The ultra-conservative rule at the moment didn’t enable girls to exit in public with out a male relative, often a husband or a father. These present in violation of the rule had been flogged in public or given different merciless punishments.

In its second stint, nonetheless, the Taliban advised western forces that it will be keen to accommodate girls’s rights by easing their entry to public areas.

Three months into the Taliban’s second time period in energy, the nation is getting ready to financial collapse after the worldwide neighborhood froze billions of {dollars} of funds within the central financial institution. The disaster has been compounded by a liquidity crunch, leaving hundreds of thousands weak – particularly kids – and getting ready to hunger.