Afghan Woman Kills Self Before Taliban Could Stone Her For Leaving Home

Afghan woman commits suicide before the Taliban can stone her for running away from home

The Taliban regime took over Kabul last August. (File image)


A woman in Afghanistan’s Ghor province died by suicide before the Taliban could kill her for running away from home, local media cited local Taliban sources.

Based on Khaama PressThe Taliban had planned to stone the woman, who ran away with a married man, on Friday, but before that she took her life to avoid public humiliation.

The man the woman ran away from was executed on Thursday, October 13, officials added.

Abdul Rahman, acting spokesman for the police chief of the Taliban province of Ghor, said the woman had been sentenced to public stoning due to the lack of a women’s prison, Khaama Press reported.

According to a Taliban security official, the woman strangled herself with a scarf, taking her own life before receiving punishment.

Reports of runaway women have recently increased in different provinces of the country, while the Taliban government decided to stone them to death or publicly release them.

This comes after the Taliban imposed some restrictions on women. Start with placing restrictions on education. According to Khaama Press, girls above 6th grade are banned from school.

The Taliban regime that took over Kabul last August has curtailed women’s rights and freedoms, with women largely excluded from the workforce due to the economic crisis and restrictions.

As a result, women and girls in Afghanistan are facing a human rights crisis, deprived of basic rights to non-discrimination, education, work, community participation and health .

Even taxi drivers and other urban transport services were banned by the Taliban from picking up and dropping off women without a Mahram and imposed an edict against a women’s dress code issued after a month.

About 80% of women working in the media have lost their jobs and nearly 18 million women in the country are fighting for health, education and social rights. Many women, especially those working in the security services, lost their jobs after the emirate was re-established.

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report in August outlining the human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover.

The reports summarize UNAMA’s findings related to the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest and detention, and the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, basic freedoms and the situation in places of detention.

In this context, the re-employment of female officers is a glimmer of hope for women facing the country’s many tough challenges.

Some female police forces are urging the Emirate to allow more women to work in government agencies. “We ask the Emirate to let all women return to their jobs,” said Mashoqa, a police officer.


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