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Taliban Kill Woman For Not Wearing Burqa Despite Promising To Protect Women’s Rights

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Taliban Kill Woman For Not Wearing Burqa Despite Promising To Protect Women’s Rights

An Afghan woman has been killed in a regional province for not wearing a burqa in public.

Fox News reports the victim was found in a pool of blood after Taliban insurgents brutally attacked her for not donning the face covering.

The revelation comes as a shock to many especially considering the militant group promised they would bring a modern approach to the new government.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid explained earlier this week that women and girls' rights in the country would be protected and encouraged. However, he also stressed that they would still have to follow Sharia law.

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Zabihullah Mujahid. Credit: PA
Zabihullah Mujahid. Credit: PA

Mujahid explained how their main goal after taking control of Afghanistan is for 'security and peace'.

He said there would be no revenge for the citizens who helped allied forces drive the Taliban out of power and has also urged women to stay in their jobs as well as go to school.

"We want the world to trust us," he said.

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However, the woman who stepped outside without a burqa in Taloqan, Takhar province, shows how the Taliban's message might not be applied everywhere.

During the group's previous reign between 1996 and 2001, women were not permitted to go to school and were largely prevented from appearing in public without full-body coverings and male escorts.

An Afghani politician and journalist has claimed there are sickening stories from other regions suggesting fighters were going 'door-to-door' to find 'sex slaves' for marriage.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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Shukria Barakzai wrote in a piece for the Daily Mail ahead of the militant organisation's arrival in Kabul about how young girls were being taken from their homes.

"Girls as young as 12 wrenched from the arms of their weeping mothers to become sex slaves for Taliban 'warriors'; men punished or even killed for 'offences' as simple as listening to the 'wrong' music, or for daring to be 'educated'," she said.

"In some villages, Taliban recruits are going door-to-door looking for young girls to marry against their will, forcing them into a life of sexual servitude.

"So determined are they that no virgin will escape their clutches that they check drawers, wardrobes and even suitcases in homes where desperate mothers deny they have young daughters to ensure they are telling the truth."

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Early last month, the Taliban told local religious leaders to gift them with a list of girls over the age of 15 for 'marriage' with fighters after they took the provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar.

Ms Barakzai explained how such incidents aren't new in Afghanistan, however it's disturbing considering what the Taliban promised before they seized control of Kabul's Presidential Palace.

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