Taliban warns women to stay indoors, as their fighters are not trained to respect women

The Taliban is telling Afghan women to stay behind closed doors for the time being because their fighters lack the requisite social skills.

This may be an unfortunate precursor, however, of things to come under the potential 1990s-style, Taliban 2.0 rule.

The extremist group which is asserting control over Afghanistan after Joe Biden’s botched troop withdrawal and his ongoing evacuation debacle made this announcement at a press conference on Tuesday.

“Our security forces are not trained [in] how to deal with women — how to speak to women [for] some of them,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, according to Business Insider. “Until we have full security in place … we ask women to stay home.”

He described the restriction as a “very temporary procedure,” although the Taliban is not known for celebrating diversity, freedom of speech, or anything close.

“The announcement comes as women in the country fear the Taliban will return to how it ruled from 1996-2001, when women were not allowed to attend school or work, could only leave their homes with the presence of a man and were required to wear head-to-toe coverings,” Fox News reported.

“The Taliban recently said it will respect ‘women’s rights,’ but various reports from the ground show women already being pulled from banking jobs and others working to flee the country out of fear of being killed.”

During the previous time frame when the Taliban exerted control, “Those who broke the rules sometimes suffered humiliation and public beatings by the Taliban’s religious police,” Reuters recalled.

A former Afghan judge says that the Taliban are also forcing women into sex slavery or into forced marriages with Taliban fighters. She also claimed that some of them set a woman on fire because they didn’t like her cooking, and that other acts of violence are being committed against women.

“[S]everal female journalists in the country have already reported incidents of intimidation or reprisal since the takeover,” Business Insider added.

One Afghan journalist told Fox News that she is in hiding, changing her location and address daily, fearing that the Taliban will hunt her down and kill her as well as anyone that is hiding her.

All this is occurring as the Taliban reportedly seeks to rebrand itself as the purportedly moderate and legitimate government of Afghanistan after the U.S.-back government and army collapsed (despite the latter’s far larger numbers) seemingly overnight.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seems to think that the Taliban can be persuaded to allow women a place “at the table,” but like many liberals, she doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for a firm grip on reality.

According to a Taliban leader, a council of Islamic scholars has been tasked with deciding the extent to which women and girls can go to work or school and whether they will be required to wear head coverings and burqas.

In the meantime, reports are emerging that Taliban gunmen may be blocking stranded American citizens from accessing the Kabul airport, throwing the evacuation of the remaining U.S. passport holders in jeopardy by the Biden-imposed August 31 deadline. Obviously the situation is very fluid and tumultuous.

An estimated 70,000-80,000 persons have been evacuated from Afghanistan as the chaos continues, but only apparently about 4,000 of them are Americans.

Robert Jonathan

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