Taliban Leader’s  And Their Barbaric Agenda: Threatens Women’s Rights

Farrukh Saif

March 28, 2024

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According to several news reports, the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, has declared that the group will soon implement the punishment of stoning women to death in public for “crimes like adultery.”

In an audio message purportedly released by the Taliban’s national broadcaster, Akhundzada challenged Western democracies, stating: “You say it’s a violation of women’s rights when we stone them (women) to death”. He further stated, “We will soon implement the punishment for adultery. We will flog women in public. We will stone them to death in public.”

Akhundzada claimed that women’s rights, as advocated by the International community, are against the Taliban’s rigid interpretation of Islamic Sharia law. He said the Taliban will “bring Sharia into action” and that their fight against Western democracy is not over. 

The Taliban leader also criticized the West for “treating women like animals” and questioned whether women want the rights that “Westerners are talking about”. 

This threat of public stoning and flogging of women comes after the Taliban’s previous harsh restrictions on women’s rights, including banning girls from secondary schools and women from most jobs and public spaces since seizing power in Afghanistan in 2021. 

The Taliban’s announcement has drawn widespread international condemnation, with the group’s actions seen as a violation of human rights and a regression from their initial promises of a more moderate rule compared to their previous time in power in the 1990s.

Pervious Rule of Taliban:

During their previous rule in the 1990s, the Taliban implemented similarly oppressive measures targeting girls and women. They imposed strict dress codes and limited women’s access to education and employment opportunities. Public executions, including stoning and flogging, were used as brutal forms of punishment, instilling fear and subjugation among the population.

Women were relegated to the confines of their homes, deprived of fundamental freedoms, and subjected to draconian laws that stripped them of their dignity and autonomy. The resurgence of such threats and practices underscores the Taliban’s regressive stance on women’s rights. It highlights the urgent need for international intervention to protect the fundamental freedoms and dignity of Afghan women and girls.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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