2 Baghlan women forcibly married to Taliban men
The girl and the woman were forced into marriage with Taliban fighters in the Burka district’s Hazar Qaq village, the affected families said, demanding justice.
A resident of the area, Charai Bai, said Taliban forcibly tied the knot of his daughter with a rebel fighter on the pretext that her fiancé was a member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and in the service of infidels.
“The Taliban beat my young daughter and said Muslim women cannot marry infidel men and this girl be taken into marriage with a Taliban man,” the father said, recalling the incident that took place two weeks ago.
He said after the incident, they (35 families) migrated to the Baghlan district’s Spin Jumat area.
Charai Bai said Taliban commander Qari Ziaullah along with his fighters, including Chechens, arrived in their village from northern Takhar province’s Ishkamish district a month back and had since been subjecting local residents to atrocities.
“The Taliban turned down all requests of the elders who begged them not to do this.”
Local residents said the Taliban went on to force a married woman into wedlock with a fighter in the same village.
A villager said his son had two wives and the Taliban had long been asking him to send one of his family members to join them in their fight against the government.
“We told them that we are farmers and have no fighting skills, but they came with another excuse saying why my son has two wives,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
He said the Taliban forcibly took one of his daughters-in-law to the Ishkmish district following the forced marriage.
Baghlan Women’s Affairs Director Khadija Yaqin strongly condemned the forced marriages and called them against Islamic and Afghanistan’s laws.
She asked security departments and the judiciary to investigate the incidents and provide justice to the bereaved families.
Afghanistan Human Rights Commission chief for the northern zone, Hayatullah Amiri, also said the Taliban had violated human rights and disrespected humanity by forcing the two women into marriage.
“Any type of violence by any party to the conflict is condemnable and the perpetrators should be punished in accordance with the law.”
A month ago, the Provincial Council members expressed their concern about Taliban activities including forced collection of usher and zakat in the Burka district.
They had said the Taliban sentenced two men to 20 and 60 lashes on the charge they had beaten a farmer. The two were ordered to give money to the farmer for treatment.
The Taliban have so far said nothing in this regard.
Elsewhere in the province, a prayer leader beat his wife until she died in the Tala wa Barfak district over a family dispute, a resident, Syed Mohammad Amiri, said, adding that the killer had fled.
In another incident of violence against the gender, a woman was found dead in Dushi district and her body shifted to the provincial civil hospital, Public Health director Dr. Abdul Aleem Ghafari, said.
He said the 25-year-old woman had stab wounds and signs of torture on her body. He said so far no one from her family had visited the hospital.
According to figures with the human rights watchdog, 237 incidents of violence against women took place in the northern zone during the first five months of this solar year, registering a 20 percent increase over last year’s 298 incidents during the same period.
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