A woman in Takhar was shot dead on Tuesday, Aug. 17, by Taliban fighters solely for appearing in public without her headscarf.

A photo has surfaced on social media of a woman in Takhar province laying in a puddle of blood, surrounded by her grieving family.


Last week, the Taliban killed another woman in Herat, allegedly for wearing tight jeans. 


Taliban spokesperson just hours earlier was adamant that the insurgent group would honor women’s rights, within the norms of  Sharia law, according to the Associated Press.

The Independent reported the militant gave reassurance about the Taliban’s commitment by urging women to return to school and work and even to join its government in Afghanistan. It also allowed a female journalist to broadcast an interview by another Taliban spokesman.

While it is unclear yet what kind of rules the Taliban would impose on women, but, according to a 2001 study from the US State Department, here are some of the regulations they strictly implemented when they were in power:

  • Women had to wear coverings from head to toe.
  • Women were forbidden to work, except in very confined situations.
  • Women were not allowed to attend schools.
  • Women’s access to healthcare was limited.
  • Women were only permitted to leave their houses if escorted by male relatives.
  • Only special buses were available to women, and they were only permitted to ride cabs when accompanied by male relatives.
  • Women could not be seen on the street with men who were not their relatives.
  • To prevent strangers from seeing women in their homes, house windows had to be covered with paint.

The Taliban was also known for beating or stoning rule breakers and strict policies on how women appear in public. They were also subjected to rape, kidnapping, and forced marriage.

The Taliban’s promises about women were not the only words that did not seem to match their actions. 

Other Taliban officials have stated that they will not seek vengeance on individuals who collaborated with the Afghan government or other governments. Yet, there have been allegations of reprisals already occurring.

Insurgents also promised not to interfere with the U.S.–led evacuation attempts of Westerners and their Afghan allies on Tuesday. But as a collection of social media updates reported, their fighters were marching outside airports using guns, fire, whips, sticks, and sharp objects against Afghans to intimidate them from entering the facilities.

“There was kids, women, babies, old women, they could barely walk,” an Afghan former State Department contractor told Fox News. “They [are in a] very, very bad situation, I’m telling you. At the end, I was thinking that there was like 10,000 or more than 10,000 people, and they’re running into the airport … The Taliban [were] beating people and the people were jumping from the fence, the concertina wire, and also the wall.”

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