Afghanistan: Taliban torture women and ‘will never respect’ rights, says woman stranded in Kabul

Afghanistan: Taliban torture women and ‘will never respect’ rights, says woman stranded in Kabul

“We have eyewitnesses in some provinces who have seen the Taliban torturing women,” an Afghan woman who fled her hometown out of fear to militants told ITV News that the insurgents are not following the more moderate values ​​they promised to the world. that would follow.

A Afghan A woman who fled her home to escape the Taliban has told ITV News that there are already eyewitness accounts of insurgents who tortured women in the country.

The woman, whom we have decided not to identify for her safety, said the Taliban “will never respect or value women’s rights.”

“We have eyewitnesses in some provinces who have seen them torturing women,” he told us.

He fled his hometown of Mazar-i-Sharif for Kabul, before insurgents seized the capital and regained control of all of Afghanistan.

Now, the 24-year-old has lost her job and works for a women’s aid organization.

He described the streets of Kabul as empty, with women and girls too scared to set foot outside for fear of retaliation.

His words come like the The UK’s top military chief told ITV News that the Taliban must have “a chance” to rule. and it can do so “in a less repressive, more reasonable and more inclusive way.”

‘The streets are empty, there are no women or girls’

However, this contradicts reports from Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, a Manchester man who is stranded in Afghanistan told ITV News that The Taliban had executed people on their street.

The woman ITV News spoke to said that in Afghanistan, women “can no longer walk down the street.”

“We are afraid to dress and walk down the street, because we fear that the Taliban will look at us and torture us because we are wearing something different.”

“We have to wear the burqa. The streets are empty and there are no women or girls in Kabul.”

She told ITV News that it was as if the country had “started from scratch” once again.

The withdrawal of the United States and the United Kingdom from Afghanistan has been harshly criticized in light of the Taliban’s successes in recovering the country in just a few weeks.

ITV News senior international correspondent John Irvine is in Kabul, where Afghans desperate to escape wait outside abandoned embassies.

The UK agreed to host 20,000 refugees, which may be in danger as a result of the Taliban takeover. But many more remain trapped in Afghanistan – they cannot leave and those who can come to Great Britain will do so for a period of five years.

“I want the UN and the rest of the world to help us right now,” the woman told ITV News.

“I feel very, very sad about this situation. I am living as an immigrant in my hometown, in my country. We should live freely.”

He described a 20-year-old Afghanistan that came back in just a few weeks.

“We can’t work outside, we can’t join university, I don’t know what the future of Afghanistan is and the future of women in Afghanistan.”

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