Taliban orders beheading of store mannequins as Afghan women fume over Biden ‘betrayal’

An Iranian journalist and global women’s rights activist has a message from the increasingly oppressed Afghan women to the people of the United States and the Biden administration: Remember us.

Masih Alinejad told “The Story” on Monday that conditions for Afghans continue to deteriorate under the radical Islamic government of the Taliban, which has banned the observance of any religion other than Islam and recently ordered the beheading of all store mannequins related to Islamic laws against idol worship. .

“We, the people of Afghanistan and Iran, share the pain. We have lived it,” said Alinejad.

Taliban fighters pose for a photo at Wazir Akbar Khan in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. (AP Photo / Rahmat Gul)
(AP Photo / Rahmat Gul)

“In reality in Afghanistan and Iran under Sharia law, if you no longer want to be a Muslim, if you criticize the Prophet (Mohammed), if you criticize Islamic law and for the crime of apostasy and blasphemy, you will be beheaded. “

“It breaks my heart, that people don’t realize this is happening in the 21st century,” she added. “All Afghan women who have had the chance to participate in parliament and the media are once again pushed behind a curtain. But Afghan women are quite courageous and take to the streets … [on] the rest of the world to hear their voices too. “

Alinejad said she is still in touch with women in Afghanistan who are both terrified on a daily basis and exasperated by the sudden lack of US and international support:

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“To be honest, it’s very heartbreaking. I call it that – a betrayal, not just on the part of the Biden administration,” she said. “It’s a betrayal for all those politicians around the world who are witnessing how people are beheaded in Afghanistan [and] get shot in Iran.

“How people suffer from not having fundamental freedom – but at the same time, the whole world is abandoning them. I am in contact with a lot of women in Afghanistan. They are really angry with the US government. They cannot believe that overnight all of their rights were taken away from them, and now no one is talking about women, all those young girls banned from going to school. Can you believe it? “

Alinejad said the Afghans and Iranians are asking for nothing but respect for their human rights, yet are being ignored and “abandoned” by the international community.

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