Taliban conducting house-to-house searches looking for women and girls to marry: Escaped journalist
The Taliban’s assurance of ensuring women’s rights and security seems to be turning hollow. A journalist, who fled from Afghanistan, has made a startling claim that the Islamist group is going house-to-house in the war-torn country, in search of women and girls over 15 for marriage.
Writing an article in The Dallas Morning News, journalist Hollie McKay, described how the situation has turned for the female community of Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover.
"I thought of how hard women had fought for their freedoms in this country, only to have them cleaved away with a click of the insurgency finger," wrote McKay.
Narrating her experience, McKay said Afghan woman Fariha Easer told her that the Taliban members are going house-to-house in the country, looking for young brides.
“She told me the Taliban have been going house-to-house, looking for women and girls over 15 for marriage. A month ago, insurgent members arrived on the doorstep of her friend's home in Badakhshan, which fell to the group several months ago, looking for young brides. Fariha told me the story she heard from her friend," said McKay.
Fariha Easer, who once used to be the voice of embattled Afghan women, narrated a heart-wrenching incident of a helpless father and his daughter.
While recounting the story, Fariha said that the father of a 21-year-old woman was approached by the Taliban and demanded that she should be married to a Mullah.
The father had no choice but to marry his daughter to him. A few days later it was learnt that not only the Taliban who had married her had sex with her but she was raped by four different people every night, Fariha recounted the story.
"Nothing has changed. They [the Taliban] are trying to say that they have changed their behaviour, but they have not," Fariha said.
"In my own experience of being inside the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif as it fell last Saturday, I saw the bustling city brimming with women immediately become a ghost town. The few women who eventually stepped into the sunshine were sheathed in blue burqas, neither seen nor heard," said McKay.
The leaders of the G7 nations, who virtually held a meeting on August 24 to discuss the Afghanistan situation, issued a statement stating that “The Afghan people deserve to live in dignity, peace and security, reflecting the last two decades of their political, economic and social achievements, in particular for women and girls. Afghanistan must never again become a safe haven for terrorism, nor a source of terrorist attacks on others.”