- For Yogita Limaye and Aakriti Thapar
- BBC News
“We want equal rights, we want women in government.”
That is the phrase that dozens of women chanted on Wednesday while demonstrating on a street in Kabul.
The day before, the Taliban had announced their interim cabinet of ministers.
There are no women in it and they have also eliminated the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
“We cannot accept this, and that is why we have taken to the streets,” Sara (name changed) told the BBC.
Was the second demonstration in which he participated In the past week.
“We were marching peacefully. Then I saw four or five vehicles following us with about 10 Taliban fighters in each,” said Jia (name changed), another protester.
The women say they were arrested, whipped and beaten with batons that emit electric shocks.
“My shoulder was hit twice. My whole body hurt. It still hurts and I can’t move my arm,” Jia said.
“US they called everything. I’m ashamed to repeat the things they told us. “
The Taliban have said that they are committed to women’s rights and are not against them studying or working.
But since they took control on August 15, the have asked all women, except those in the public health sector, to stay away from their posts until security improves.
Safety was one of the reasons the group gave when he was in power in Afghanistan in the 1990s to prevent women from working, and many, like Sara, fear that this time it will be no different.
She used to work as a consultant in a government department and also ran her own business.
He says his family fears for his life.
“They tell me not to go to the protests. ‘You have the matar‘ [los talibanes, me advierten]”, bill.
“I fought with my brother to be able to attend the march on Wednesday, but it is important that we raise our voices,” he continues.
“I am not afraid. I will keep going every time, until they kill us. It is better to die at once than to die gradually.”
Jia is married and has four children, one of them a newborn.
Instead, her family encourages her to protest, she says.
“The Taliban will not be here for a few days. They are going to stay. We need to demand our rights, not only for ourselves, but for the next generations, for our children. “
“We know the Taliban will find us and might attack us, but we have no other choice. We have to continue. “
During protests in the city of Herat earlier this week, three people were killed.
The Taliban fired into the air to disperse the crowd.
There are many videos of fighters whipping protesters with whips.
Reporters covering the demonstrations were also attacked.
And in the last days, the Taliban appear to have become more brutal.
Etilaatroz, an Afghan news organization that publishes a daily, said that five of its journalists had been arrested on Wednesday.
Two of them they were beaten so brutally with cables they had to be treated in the hospital.
Anelise Borges, a Euronews correspondent, told the BBC that her Afghan colleague had been detained by the Taliban for more than three hours on Wednesday, when they went to ask permission to film a protest.
“It slapped in the face several times. He’s stunned by it. They also confiscated his phone and his wallet, “he said.
The BBC also spoke to an Afghan journalist who was arrested while filming a protest in Kabul on Tuesday.
“They arrested many protesters and journalists. They took away my phone, microphone and other equipment. They beat me repeatedly, with their hands and books. I told them I was a journalist but they didn’t listen to me. I saw them hitting others with weapons. They deleted all my videos, “he said.
“The photo on my phone screen was of a man and a woman embracing. This really infuriated a taliban commander it hit me hard in the face. “
Given these attacks on protesters and journalists, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said that “the de facto authorities have an obligation to safeguard the rights of all Afghans without violence.”
The Taliban have responded effectively banning protests.
They have said that protesters must obtain permission from the Ministry of Justice, and then the security services should be given information about the place and time of the protest, and even the banners and slogans to be used.
For Jia and Sara, demanding their rights has become even more difficult.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.