It was the United Nations along with many individual nations that tried to present the Taliban as a group that might relax its core principles and be willing to negotiate its harsh stance on women’s rights and human rights in general. The Taliban is a jihad group with one goal in mind: imposing and enforcing the Sharia. It is a puritanical Islamic movement that believes in the letter of the Quran and Hadiths, in which women are inferiors and infidels are to be killed or subjugated in the way of Allah.
Afghanistan is suffering a humanitarian crisis as the Taliban systematically destroys any past progress made, and will use funds coming in to advance its initiatives. It is certainly no surprise that the Taliban is “erasing women from public life.” It should have been expected. Such news is consistent with their history and is something they deem to be religious duty, as Robert Spencer writes:
The Qur’an likens a woman to a field (tilth), to be used by a man as he wills: “Your women are a tilth for you, so go to your tilth as you will” (2:223).
It declares that a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man: “Get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as you choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her” (2:282).
The Islamic holy book also allows men to marry up to four wives, and have sex with slave girls: “If you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice, two or three or four; but if you fear that you shall not be able to deal justly, then only one, or one that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice” (4:3).
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