There is already a ban on the admission of girls in high school.
The Taliban banned the admission of girls to secondary schools in August 2021, just a few months after the invasion of Afghanistan. Widespread reaction was also seen against this decision of Taliban. Countries around the world including America, India, China had opposed this decision of Taliban. Now with the latest decision, the Taliban’s thinking about women’s education has become clear. The Taliban is citing Islamic law to prevent women from attending schools or universities. Big leaders of Taliban are giving arguments in favor of their decision on TV channels.
Condemned by many countries including United Nations, America
This decision of Taliban has been condemned by many countries including United Nations, America. The United Nations Special Envoy for Afghanistan has said that this order of Taliban is a violation of equal right to education. He also said that the latest order is another attempt to erase women from Afghan society. At the same time, America has threatened the Taliban saying that such steps will bring some dangerous consequences. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Taliban cannot be considered legitimate members of the international community until it respects the rights of everyone in Afghanistan.
Taliban is breaking the promises made to women
The Taliban had announced to show a moderate stance after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Taliban leaders had promised that the regime’s attitude towards women would be much softer. He even promised that women would be given facilities like getting education, getting a job, traveling alone. But, with time, the Taliban went on breaking each of its promises. As soon as the formal government was formed in Afghanistan, the Taliban closed the ministry related to women. Women were thrown out of jobs in other ministries. Not only this, women were also banned from traveling alone outside the city. It was made mandatory for them to wear burqa in public places.
Supreme leader of Taliban is against women’s education
Hibtullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban, has been against women’s education since the beginning. He has already expressed displeasure over the participation of women in higher education. The moderate faction of the Taliban is against Akhundzada’s thinking, but it is unable to do anything even if it wants to. Hibtullah Akhundzada became the supreme leader of the Taliban in 2016. Haibatullah Akhundzada makes the final decision on the political, religious and military affairs of the Taliban. Before suddenly disappearing in 2016, Haibatullah Akhundzada taught at a mosque in Kuchlak, a town in southwestern Pakistan.
India also expressed concern
India said it is concerned about reports of Taliban banning women from entering universities in Afghanistan. At the same time, India reiterated its call for the formation of an inclusive government in Kabul that ensures equal rights for women and girls in Afghan society.
Several countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, have strongly condemned the Taliban government’s decision to ban women from entering universities. The Taliban banned girls from attending secondary schools in March. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We view the reports emerging in this regard with concern.” India has consistently supported the right of women to education in Afghanistan.