A Taliban spokesperson, rejecting all possibilities of women being included in the Afghanistan government under the Taliban rule, said: “A woman can’t be a minister, it is like you put something on her neck that she can’t carry”.
Quashing all possibilities of women being included in the government under the Taliban in Afghanistan, a spokesperson of the group said women should restrict themselves to giving birth.
Outraged by the formation of a hard-line, all-male Taliban government, scores of Afghan women,risking their lives, have taken to the streets to protest against the same.
Reacting to the protests and the outrage over the all-male government, the Taliban spokesperson Sayed Zekrullah Hashimi, in an interview to Tolo News, said, “A woman can’t be a minister, it is like you put something on her neck that she can’t carry”.
He went on to say that it is not necessary for a woman to be in the cabinet, adding that women “should give birth”.
“Women protesters can’t represent all women in Afghanistan,” he added.
Afghan women have been reeling under the fear of losing all the gains they have made over the past two decades in terms of civil rights since the Taliban rule returned in the country in August.
While the Taliban vowed to honour women’s rights, several instances of brutality against women for protesting against being denied the freedom to work and doing things that the group considers are out of their boundary.
When they last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, women could not work, girls were not allowed to attend school and women had to cover their face and be accompanied by a male relative if they wanted to venture out of their homes.
According to reports, Afghan women, who were protesting against the all-male Afghanistan’s new interim government in Kabul, were driven away by the Taliban on Wednesday.
The Taliban used whips and sticks against the women protesters in the crackdown on dissent, CNN reported.
Videos and pictures showed the women chanting, “Long live the women of Afghanistan”. Some held placards that read: “No government can deny the presence of women” and “I will sing freedom over and over.”
The Taliban, according to witnesses, also beat up journalists covering the demonstration, the report said