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

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The Taliban government issued a decree saying that women in Afghanistan should not be considered “property” and must consent to marriage.

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The militant group’s latest decree issued on Friday, however, is still silent on basic rights for women, including the right to be educated and work outside their homes.

The group has been ruling Afghanistan for more than three months.

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“A woman is not an asset, but a great and free human being; no one can give her to anyone in exchange for peace or to end enmity,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid said in a statement.

The latest decree lays down rules governing marriage and property rights for women, advocating against forced marriage.

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In its first official order of its kind, the Taliban also said that widows should be given a share in the property of their deceased husband.

It also asked the courts to consider these rules while taking decisions. Officials from the ministries of religious affairs and information have been asked by the Taliban to promote these rights.

The directive comes at a time when the terrorist group has been investigated by the international community amid reports of gross human rights violations, including the closure of schools and colleges for women, following the collapse of the US-backed administration led by President Ashraf Ghani in August. is facing. this year.

In the months that followed, the Taliban are expected to follow through on their commitment to uphold women’s rights by allowing indiscriminate access to schools, colleges and offices.

Contrary to the agreement that defined the coalition’s exit from the South Asian nation, the Taliban have not fully opened schools for girls as tens of thousands of families fear sending their daughters to schools under the militant group’s rule.

Another problem that the citizens of the country face is the direct result of the country’s crumbling economy. Facing heavy debt and starvation, Afghans are now selling their young daughters in exchange for dowry. In some cases, destitute parents are forced to promise their daughters for future marriages.

The new decree brings back memories of the Taliban’s previous hardline regime from 1996 to 2001 – before being ousted by a coalition of Western nations – where it barred girls and women from attending schools, colleges and offices.

The ultra-Orthodox rule of the time did not allow women to move out without a male member of the family, usually a husband or father. Those who violated the rule were publicly flogged or other cruel punishments.

In its second term, however, the Taliban told Western forces that it would be willing to accommodate women’s rights by easing their access to public places.

A little more than three months after remaining in administrative power, the Taliban are on the verge of economic collapse, as the international community has shifted billions of funds to the central bank.

The crisis is compounded by a banking liquidity crisis, an international financial freeze of funds and a lack of finance under the terrorist group’s administration, leaving millions of vulnerable – especially children – on the verge of starvation and poverty.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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