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Rashmi Ranjan

Amid the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan following total take over by the Taliban,  millions of women in the country are glaring at an uncertain future.

Soon after the nation fell to the Taliban, uncertainty shrouded over the future of the Afghan girls and women as they fear that they might lose their freedom to education, work or take part in political, economic and social life. 

"Afghan women toned back to 20 years behind and that is the reality. Try to protect what we have achieved in the last 20 years in the country. Women's education should be allowed. We don't deserve a situation like this," said an Afghan-origin girl student studying in Delhi.

Echoing the same view another girl student said, "While everyone is moving forward, our country is heading in the opposite direction. The return of Taliban will snatch freedom of women in the country and the burkha culture is likely to return."

As per the Taliban governance, women are not allowed to go to educational institutes, offices and participate in elections and social events. Moreover, the women need to be in burkha and must step out of the house with a male friend or husband. If someone violates the rules, stringent action is taken against her.

"No one will trust the Taliban as there are instances of trafficking women to Pakistan. Moreover, their torture to women is unbearable," said an Afghan refugee staying in Delhi.

Meanwhile, videos of Taliban members tearing advertisement hoardings featuring women have surfaced on the internet hinting at an uncertain future for women in the country.

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