“For Taliban we aren’t humans,” say Afghan women

“They don’t consider women as humans,” says researcher and activist Humeira Rizai who fled Afghanistan along with tens of thousands of fellow Afghans. They escaped the atrocities of the Taliban.

Taliban almost enslaved women during their first regime in the 1990s. Now that Taliban are back the women fear the same reprisal. “I was born in a rural area during the Taliban rule and could not go to school at that time. We fear that there will be a rise in trafficking of women in Afghanistan now that the Taliban are back,” Rizai said in an interaction with women journalists organised by the Indian Women’s Press Corps on Wednesday.

The Taliban rule in the 1990s set the country back by at least 100 years, Rizai added.

Afghan MP Shinkai Karokhail recalled the turmoil women have been going through since the Taliban took over the country. “It is a terrible situation there,” she said.

The Taliban went to the homes of women activists and politicians who could not leave Afghanistan as many countries had stopped giving visas, to intimidate them.

“This is the way they wanted to scare women who had to run away or keep silent and not raise their voice,” Karokhail, also a women’s rights activist, said.