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Taliban Allegedly Buy Girls, Force Them for Marriage

IMG14012708A number of Taliban militants allegedly buy young Afghan girls in exchange for 50,000 AFN and force them to marry the fighters in Wardoj and Yamgan districts of Badakhshan province.

Expressing concerns, Badakhshan’s inhabitants complaint over the issue, saying the people are tired of oppression and cannot tolerate it anymore.

“They do whatever they want, they buy the daughters of families in exchange of 50 thousand AFN and force them for marriage,” said Dor Muhammad, one of the inhabitants of Yamgan district.

The armed Taliban group rejects this issue, saying this is completely false.

Meanwhile, the Independent Human Rights Commission calls the Taliban’s acts one of serious human rights violation and accuses the group of war crimes.

“Any violence against women and girls are considered serious human rights violation and counted as an international war crime,” said Muhammad Musa Mahmudi, CEO of Human Rights Commission.

Religious scholars also call these actions as unlawful actions and declare such acts the complete violation of Islam.

However, a number of Parliament members are said to believe that the main cause of these phenomenon in the society are the poverty, unemployment and insecurity.

“The poverty and unemployment among people have caused they sell their daughters and this is not only in Badakhshan,” said Gulalay Akbari, representative of Badakhshan in parliament.

Afghanistan considers one of the worst countries for women which the main factors are war, lack of rule of law, low levels of awareness, harmful traditional practices and false beliefs of Islam.

By ZackArya & Elaha Omari

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