- No one can deny the negative effects of the presence of the Taliban in the country and how it will be affecting the lives of women.
- Marzia Hamidi confessed to a newsgroup that she had considered destroying her medals when the Taliban swept across Afghanistan.
- Despite these promises, the Taliban forces have not opened secondary schools for girls. Most women have found that they are unable to go back to work.
Dreams have been torn apart in the land of Afghanistan over the past few weeks. Take the instance of Marzia Hamidi who dared to have dreams in her eyes. She had ambitions to conquer national and international championships in her lifetime. This might remain a mere dream, now that the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan. No one can deny the negative effects of the presence of the Taliban in the country and how it will be affecting the lives of women. There have already been several questions about the education of women in the country. This has slowly crept into the other spheres as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan.
Marzia Hamidi And Her Plight
Marzia Hamidi had to go into hiding after she got the news that there were people looking for her. She has confessed to a newsgroup that she had considered destroying her medals when the Taliban swept across Afghanistan. She had asked herself repeatedly if she wished to keep the achievements close to herself or destroy them so that the Taliban does not get to know about them. There is evidence of fear even in Marzia Hamidi’s Instagram account. She could be seen wearing a black abaya along with a hijab. She says that she has done it in the hopes that she will not be targeted by the new rulers of Afghanistan.
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Fear In The Heart Of Several Afghan Women
The fear which is experienced by Hamidi is not new. Several women across the nation have felt the same fear after the return of the Taliban. The women who have faced the rule of the Taliban before are scared that the same atrocities will be repeated again.
The fear cannot be doused by the promises which had been made by the Taliban forces when they came into power. They had promised that they would be treating women with respect. They had even mentioned that women will be allowed in public places and can continue to work in the fields which are approved by Islamic law.
The Promises Denied By Taliban
Despite these promises, the Taliban forces have not opened secondary schools for girls. Most women have found that they are unable to go back to work. Just like it was in the rule of the Taliban last time, the only profession in which women are allowed to continue as of now is the health sector. This has led to some strong protests across the country. Most women and girls have taken to the street to demand their right to education. They have been suppressed harshly. It is not expected that the situation will improve on any count.
Marzia Goes Into Hiding
Marzia Hamidi has mentioned that it was always very difficult to live as a female athlete in Afghanistan. There were discriminatory looks from almost every male who was associated with the sphere of sports. She has been an ace in taekwondo and hoped to bring medals for her nation at some point in her career. When the Taliban swept across Afghanistan, she feared that her medals would incriminate her in the new rule. However, she came to know later that the medals were not the only things that will be considered against her. Marzia had to go into hiding when the Taliban rulers came to look for her in her house.
What Might Happen Next?
There is a very common saying that the Taliban wish to bring peace to the nation at the cost of removing women. Marzia is only one name amongst many oppressed women in the entire history of Afghanistan. There will be several following her if the situation does not change immediately.
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