Women in Afghanistan fear what will happen now as the Taliban are likely to impose strict Sharia rules.
The country’s biggest female pop star, Aryana Saeed (36), was one of those who left the country on a US flight.
Governor Salima Masara, one of the country’s leading female politicians, has been arrested by the Taliban. Her supporters fear she could be hanged.
The Taliban said earlier this week that it was up to their religious scholars to decide whether girls should go to school or whether girls should work.
They “point out” that they want to respect women’s rights “within the framework of Sharia law.”
– I’m alive
Aryana Saeed, singer and judge on Afghanistan’s “The Voice”, was one of the lucky ones to escape the country on Wednesday – on a US cargo plane.
– I’m fine, I’m alive. Two nights later I will never forget, I just reached Doha, Qatar. I was waiting for the flight to Istanbul, the 26-year-old told his 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
Saeed later released an update showing he flew to Turkey.
– When I catch up again, when I take everything, I have a lot of stories to share, he writes on Instagram.
Saeed has been a key supporter of the Afghan military and had expressed support for the Taliban on several occasions before taking over the country.
Among other things, he has done this in several posts on Instagram. Support, and her way of life in general, is a clear reason why she seems to be leaving her home country.
When the Taliban last came to power in Afghanistan, women were denied work and a cover-up was introduced. Also, women are generally unable to speak loudly, and only a man in danger of being punished can hear their footsteps. Other things.
Fear of execution
Other prominent Afghan women like Salima Mazari are not as lucky as Sayyid. Mazari is known as one of the first female governors of the country and has already been arrested by the Taliban.
Mazari was a key critic of the Taliban during her tenure as governor, and now there are fears that jihadists may hang her.
Taliban spokesman Wahidullah Hashimi said Reuters Every chance that the current democratic system will continue is rejected. Because it does not conform to the rules of Islam.
– There will be no democratic system in our country because there is no foundation for it in our country, he said.
– We will not discuss what kind of political system should be introduced in Afghanistan because it is obvious. This is Sharia law, that’s how it is, he said.
The former governor belongs to the Mazari Hazara community, most of whom are Shia Muslims. The Taliban consider Sunnis and Shias to be a sect – that is, they follow “sectarianism”.
– We were so proud
Copenhagen-based Kalida Bhopal said Reuters In a video interview on Wednesday, he said militants had previously killed women, raped and stoned them, and that female footballers are now afraid of what the future holds.
The co-founder of the Afghanistan Women’s Football League said she has always used her voice to encourage young women to stand strong, be bold and look.
Now, however, she has a different message.
– Today I call them and ask them to remove their names, remove their identities and remove their pictures – for their own protection. I ask myself to burn or remove their national team uniforms, he said.
– Also, someone who has done everything to earn and earn recognition as a women’s national team player, it hurts me.
“He deserves that mark on his chest, to play and to have the right to represent our country, and we are very proud of that,” he told the newspaper.
Ask for help
Another Afghan woman, Zakia Qutb, was making history at the Paralympics before the Taliban claimed responsibility.
Taekwondo athlete Gudadi became the first woman from Afghanistan to compete in the Paralympics.
Now she is asking for help – trapped in Kabul and unable to leave the country.
– Although I am a disabled woman, I came to Kabul – even with great difficulty to come to the match. But now I don’t even feel safe for my life, nor compete, she says CBS.
She says she is waiting for something terrible to happen to her or her family.
– Taliban controlled
“We are all under the control of the Taliban, which is a big dream for me and my family,” he told the newspaper.
When the Taliban last ruled, they refused to allow women to work. Girls are not allowed to go to school, girls are required to wear a burqa to go out – then only with a male relative or partner.
The Taliban have said this time that women’s rights should be respected within the framework of Islamic law, but many experts believe it is simply a sophisticated PR campaign for legal gain in the global arena.
Meanwhile, supporters of al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups have been celebrating the rise of the Taliban, which has created new fears that the country could become a breeding ground for terrorism.