New Delhi: Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, deputy foreign minister of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, said on Sunday that education was women’s right that should be provided to them, and that it was the government’s responsibility to ensuring a safe environment for girls’ education in the country, TOLOnews reported.
The minister was speaking at a rally to mark the anniversary of the death of former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Women make up half of Afghanistan’s population, and they should get their rights based on Afghan culture and Islamic values, he said.
“Women cannot even ask for their inheritance. They are deprived of the right to education. Where will women learn the lessons of Sharia? Women make up half of the Afghan population,” Stanikzai said.
The statement came even as Taliban leaders in Afghanistan banned girls over the age of 12 from attending school and instituted strict gender segregation in universities.
Several other restrictions are also in place for women, which remind the world of the oppressive laws that existed in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001, when the Taliban last ruled.
Oppressive laws and strict restrictions are back
After regaining power in August 2021, following the withdrawal of US-NATO forces, the Taliban initially promised a more moderate society where women’s rights would be respected, but conservative laws soon returned.
Women are now largely prohibited from traveling in public without being accompanied by a male guardian. The Taliban on Sunday imposed a rule requiring female TV news presenters to cover their faces while on air, days after a ruling made it compulsory for all women to be covered in protective clothing. head to toe in public, leaving only the eyes visible.