The Taliban shot and killed a woman for not wearing a burqa the same day they vowed to protect women's rights

Aug 18th

As if the profound and devastating human cost of the Taliban's rise in Afghanistan needed any further illustration, this is it:

Even as Afghanistan's resurgent Taliban pledged to respect "women's rights" in a propaganda blitz Tuesday, fighters from the group shot and killed a woman in Takhar province after she went out in public without a burqa.

This week, the Taliban is encouraging women to return to work and girls to go back to school, where headscarves are being handed out, according to The Associated Press. But a damning photo shows a woman in district Taloqan, Takhar province, lying in a pool of blood as her parents and others crouch around her, a pitcher on the ground nearby. She was shot and killed for going out without a burqa.

Brutal as this is, it is not, unfortunately, all that surprising. The Taliban's promise to respect women's rights was explicitly qualified: the militant group was "guaranteeing all their rights within the limits of Islam."

The type of Islam practiced by the Taliban has a lot of "limits" on women's rights—something that is painfully evident now and will surely become only more so in the days ahead.

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