"I promise I will take revenge but not like men - by gun and sword and aggression. Instead ,I will write", this is the common voice of Afghan women suppressed under the extremism of Taliban militants. Politicians call it the governmental failure, media reports call it a sordid picture of radicalism. But truly it is a pitiable condition for the Afghan women.
Here I am narrating a real story of Afghan women on the behalf of my close friend's friend Asefa (name changed).
Also, first-hand experiences of my friends Abdul and Masoud have been mentioned to give a better insight of what is actually happening in Afghanistan.
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She'd been trying to do what other thousands of girls don't even try due to fear of murder, kidnapping or rape. She attends an all-girls school whilst her family believes it is unnecessary for women to be educated. Schools getting burnt down, girls getting physically harmed is a common sight in certain hilly terrains of Afghanistan.
"Things are very tough for us here, if we had left before the Taliban regime, we would have been in a different country enjoying like everybody else," says Asefa.
If you were a woman, every second since adolescence would be a nightmare. Mahsa (name changed) is 14, forcibly married with little or no knowledge about basic amenities required for a living. She is married at such a tender age to repay debts that are incurred on her father.
It does not just end here says Abdullah a citizen of Kabul, "Our culture is such where talking and interacting with girls publically is considered as social evil and looked down upon in the society". He adds on saying, "Phone numbers and other messages are written on a piece of paper and exchanged in parks or on uncrowded streets to avoid being looked at by somebody else."
Moreover, he says, "We refrain from interacting freely with our cousins or relatives (females) when they visit our home or when we visit theirs."
In Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, cases has been registered where young girls are taken to hospital following their weddings in a state of psychological trauma and bleeding from private body parts.
I asked Abdullah if he thought the situation in Afghanistan would improve, "Inshallah," he said. "I hope, but currently, it looks like a distant dream". He carried on saying "Suicide attacks and bomb blasts occur very frequently. People get scared because of bloodshed and mass killings."
Masoud a resident of Herat says, "During the Taliban's regime, things were even worse. Women were forbidden to work and had to cover themselves completely from head to toe including the eyes. Medical practitioners and teachers were forced to leave jobs and be beggars. Women adopted prostitution to feed their families."
Self-immolation (setting oneself on fire) was practiced in several provinces including Herat; although it has considerably reduced in the recent years.
Although, since the fall of Taliban rule (2001), things have been slowly improving. Facts and figures show that the number of women enrolling in schools has considerably increased and child marriages are slowly decreasing. Although employment of women in private and public sectors are monitored and controlled by their male counterparts.
In the beautiful country of Afghanistan, every girl has one question in her mind, "The civilization nbsp;ended long back, but when will this barbarism end?"
God bless Afghan!
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