Since reasserting control over Afghanistan in recent days, Taliban leaders have attempted to express more moderate policies than the terrorist group has embraced in the past.
Those assurances ring hollow, however, amid reports that fighters are executing women who fail to sufficiently cover themselves in public.
“There is no one to help”
According to Fox News, a woman was reportedly shot dead on a public street in Afghanistan’s Takhar province when she was spotted without a burka.
The outlet published a gruesome photograph purportedly showing the woman lying in a pool of blood as members of her family huddle nearby.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reported on Monday that gangs of Taliban rapists are believed to be roaming throughout the capital city of Kabul, targeting girls as young as 12 years old.
All women in the country face an uncertain future and 27-year-old Zarifa Ghafari, who became the country’s first female mayor in 2018, said she expected to be killed.
“I’m sitting here waiting for them to come,” she explained. “There is no one to help me or my family. I’m just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can’t leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?”
“Throwing babies over the razor wire”
Nevertheless, Taliban officials including Enamullah Samangani have promised women that they have nothing to fear.
“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is ready to provide women with environment to work and study, and the presence of women in different (government) structures according to Islamic law and in accordance with our cultural values,” he declared.
Of course, it is not just women and children who are sure to suffer under a Taliban regime. According to The New York Times, militants opened fire on a group of demonstrators in Jalalabad earlier this week.
Considering the violence being imposed by Taliban leaders and fighters, it is hardly surprising that many Afghan citizens are resorting to extreme measures in an effort to leave the country.
One British officer recalled seeing women desperately try to save their own children, explaining: “It was terrible, women were throwing their babies over the razor wire, asking the soldiers to take them, some got caught in the wire.”