Burka-wearing women ‘forced to march’ in pro-Taliban rally at Kabul university

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Hundreds of Afghan women wearing full-face masks were reportedly forced to take part in a pro-Taliban rally outside a university surrounded by armed radicals.

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With thousands of people living in fear for their future since the brutal, oppressive and sexist laws enacted by the group in the 90s, the terrorist group is brutally oppressing women’s freedom.

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Hundreds of women were made to attend a pro-Taliban rally at a universitycredit: AFP
All women wore either a blue burqa or a black niqab as per the new rules.

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All women wore either a blue burqa or a black niqab as per the new rules.credit: EPA

But today, about 300 women – covered from head to toe in accordance with strict new dress policies for education – sat in rows at Kabul University’s lecture theater, pledging a commitment to the Taliban’s tough policies on gender segregation.

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They waved Taliban flags as speakers raised their voices against the West and expressed support for the policies of Islamists.

A handful wore blue burqa, with only a small mesh window for viewing, but most wore black niqabs covering most of the face except for the eyes. Many also wore black gloves.

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Women’s rights were sharply curtailed in Afghanistan under the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule, but since returning to power last month they have claimed they would impose a less extreme rule.

The Taliban’s education authority has said that this time, women will be allowed to attend university as long as classes are separated by sex or at least by a veil.

They should also wear abaya robe and niqab.

Organizers said the women were students, listening to a series of speeches at the Shaheed Rabbani Education University in the capital, Kabul.

Large Taliban flags were raised on both sides of the stage, as female speakers criticized women who have held protests across Afghanistan in recent days.

He also defended the new government of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which has banned demonstrations unless permitted by the Justice Ministry.

Daoud Haqqani, director of foreign relations at the Ministry of Education, said the protest was organized by women who had sought and been granted permission to demonstrate.

“We are against women who are protesting in the streets, claiming they are women’s representatives,” said the first speaker, head to toe.

He claimed, “Does the previous government have the freedom to make choices? No, it is not freedom. The previous government was abusing women. They were recruiting women just by their beauty.”

Some in the audience had children who occasionally cried during speeches, while other young girls were apparently too young for university.

A student named Shabana Omari told the crowd that she agreed with the Taliban’s policy that women should cover their heads.

Referring to the scarves worn by many Muslim women, he said, “Those who are not wearing the hijab are harming all of us.”

“The hijab is not a personal thing.”

After that women will be safe. We are supporting our government with all our might.

Omari concluded his speech by leading a chorus of “Allahu Akbar” or “God is the greatest”.

Another speaker Somaiya said that history has changed since the Taliban came back.

“After this we will not see ‘Bihijabi’,” he said.

After that women will be safe. We are supporting our government with all our might.

After speeches in the meeting hall, women walked out in organized lines some distance into the street, holding printed banners and accompanying Taliban soldiers with rifles and machine guns.

The public demonstration was a stark contrast to scenes in Kabul and elsewhere earlier in the week, when Taliban fighters opened fire in the air to disperse several protests against their regime, killing two.

A pro-Taliban banner read on Saturday: “Women leaving Afghanistan cannot represent us.”

“We are satisfied with the attitude and behavior of the Mujahideen (Taliban)” read another.

The Taliban say they want to distance themselves from the harsh policies of the past, when half the population was left out of work and education.

ruthless rule

Under the new rules, women can work “according to the principles of Islam”, the Taliban have ordered, but few details have yet been given as to what this might actually mean.

Meanwhile, in some circumstances the women stay in the “waiting room” until the men leave the building.

And it is reported that the Taliban killed a pregnant female police officer in front of her children because he took down one of their flags.

Women are already facing whitewashing from public life – female faces are being painted on shop fronts and female newscasters are being replaced on TV.

These animals allegedly burnt to death a woman, to whom they said she served less food to its members.

And Taliban squads have been going door to door in Afghanistan and kidnapping children under the age of 12 to use as child brides and sex slaves since Afghanistan came back to power.

Women were being taken away by armed Taliban fighters

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Women were being taken away by armed Taliban fighterscredit: EPA
Some even brought their children to the rally.

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Some even brought their children to the rally.credit: AFP
Women queue up to march in Kabuli

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Women queue up to march in Kabulicredit: AFP

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