Afghanistan: Women Protesters Injured in Stampede after Taliban Fires Shots in the Air

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Recall the UN’s warning that Afghanistan women’s rights are a “red line.” That “red line” has been crossed repeatedly by the Taliban without any consequences from the UN. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council just “unanimously adopted a US-proposed resolution that facilitates humanitarian aid to Afghanistan,” which is said to be “on the verge of economic collapse.” Yet another empty promise was made, to keep “funds out of Taliban hands.” How can the UN or anyone possibly guarantee this, given that the Taliban rules Afghanistan? The Taliban will use Western donations to expand the scope of the Sharia and abuse its own citizens, especially women, with impunity.

As part of its war continued war on women, the Taliban also just implemented a “no travel for women” rule unless she’s accompanied by a male guardian. This practice is supported by the Quran:

Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husband’s property, etc.). As to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great. (Quran 4:34)

“Women Protesters Injured In Stampede After Taliban Militants Fire In The Air,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Azadi, December 28, 2021:

A number of Afghan women have been injured in a stampede caused by Taliban guards firing in the air during a protest in Kabul against discriminatory measures including new travel restrictions on women.

The protest on December 28 came amid rising anger — both within the country and internationally — over the Taliban’s moves to restrict the rights of women.

Participants told RFE/RL that up to 130 women attended the protest in Kabul, and shots fired in the air by Taliban militants trying to disperse the demonstration prompted fleeing protesters to fall and trample one another. Several women sustained injuries in the stampede, witnesses said.

It was not immediately clear how many women were injured in the incident.

Afghanistan’s Asvaka news agency reported that the incident occurred near the hospital of the Italian Emergency humanitarian organization. It gave no information on victims or wounded.

Reshmina, one of the protesters who suffered injuries while falling on a gas tank, told RFE/RL she was too scared to see a doctor for treatment.

“My face is injured so badly that even now when I speak with you, I am in much pain. We couldn’t even go to a doctor because we don’t feel safe, we are threatened. Even now, while speaking with you I am shaking [with fear].”….

This article by Christine Douglass-Williams originally appeared on and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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