Where women took shelter from
abuse, Taliban now in control
Where women took shelter from abuse, Taliban now in control on Business Standard. Over the past two
decades, activists set up dozens of women's shelters around Afghanistan
International News When the Taliban seized power, the operator of the
only women's shelter in a northern Afghan city ran away. Left
abandoned were 20 women who had fled a variety of domestic horrors,
some abused by husbands or family, others forced into early marriages
with older men.
Soon after, the Taliban arrived at the shelter in the city of Pul-e-Kumri.
They gave the women two options: Return to their abusive families
some of whom had threatened them with death for leaving or go with
the Taliban, recalled one of the women, Salima, who asked only that her
first name be used.
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Most of the women chose to return home, fearing the Taliban more than
their families. Salima said she knew of at least one who was since
killed, likely by an angry family member.
But Salima decided to leave with the Taliban. She didn't know what
they would do, but she had nowhere else to go, having fled her abusive,
drug-addicted husband months earlier. Now she finds herself...Read
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