Published:  12:08 AM, 15 September 2021

Caution Must in Dealing With the Taliban

The Taliban Afghanistan is no more the country it was before the return of the terrorist group and everyday its actions indicate they have not changed as they want to project.

Their target has been women and besides forcing them to wear burqa, the fairer sex has been seprated from men in class rooms. Co-education is banned.

Why the women are being targeted? In Islam, women are respected and it is a crime to harass them, especially when Afghan women are alleging that their country is being put back again to the medieval times.

The Taliban regime is changing the subjects which women will have in the educational institutions and have have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to stay away from work, until the security situation improves. That future of such women remains to be seen.

The BBC reported that the Afghan women face an uncertain time ahead.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a victim of Taliban attack for campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, warned the UN members and also told the BBC "I had the opportunity to talk to a few activists in Afghanistan, including women's rights activists and they are sharing their concern that they are not sure what their life is going to be like... they are deeply worried about their safety, their rights their protection, they are worried about their access to school.

And we have already seen news reports that many girls have been sent back from university. A lot of them have been asked to get married at age 15, 12," Malala added.

So far, there is not a single women in the cabinet announced and downgrading of the fairer sex does not speak well of the future.

We have previously our expressed concern regarding quick acceptance of the Taliban regime as its leaders are listed terrorists and have exported violence in the name of religion in several parts of the world, Bangladesh being one of the affected countries.

It is a complex situation in Afghanistan and developments in this scenic war-ravaged country will have far-reaching implications for the South Asia as well as its neighbourhood.

The world must raise its voice in unity to stop such un-Islamic moves by the Taliban using the religion of peace instead of rushing to build ties with the new regime that is feared by people around the world. They must be told to keep their commitment and stop all acts of terrorism, especially backing any organisation in another country in the name of Islam.

Payvand Seyed Ali an education consultant in Kabul told the BBC "I don't think it's useful to wonder or have expectations of what the Taliban will do when it comes to women's rights and education. We have to work with what we have, and what we have include high-level Taliban promises that women will have access to education, and work.

"What makes sense is to treat these promises not as 'conciliatory noises', but as commitments, and work actively with Taliban leadership to craft solutions that keep girls in school and women working." We echo her sentiments and hope the powers that matters will take her advice.

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