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Taliban trial awaits me, claims Herat woman



Taliban trial awaits me, claims Herat woman

May 14, 2017 - 17:46

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A woman, who has sought refuge at a government-run shelter in western Herat province, says the Talibaninfo-icon will try her in their court if she leaves the facility, a charge the rebels reject.

Fatima, 30, who has been at the ‘the Womeninfo-icon Safe Home’ for the past few months, claims a Taliban kangaroo court is awaiting her trial.

Nafas Gul, a relative of Fatima, told Pajhwok Afghan News in an interview that Fatima was married to an old man some years back and was tortured by her husband.

She said Fatima’s husband died after a few years, but her step sons and other family members continued to torture her.

She could not afford further torture and abuse and handed herself to police in Obe district from where she was delivered to the Women Safe Home.

Nafas Gul said the Taliban had ordered Fatima’s step sons and their cousins to take her out of the Safe Home and produce her before the Taliban for a trial.

“They (step sons and cousins of Fatima) often threaten they would take her out of the Safe Home and back to the district,” she claimed.

She said relatives of Fatima, a mother of four children, had also warned of taking away her children if she did not leave the shelter.

Mahboob Jamshedi, head of Herat women’s affairs department, said no one could take Fatima away from the facility against her will.

She said Fatima’s case should be carefully followed and nobody should be allowed to use her children to intimidate her.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected Fatima’s claim and said the group never tried people by force. He said the woman’s relatives might be using Taliban’s name to coerce her.

However, the Taliban have tried several people in their courts during the past few years in different parts of the country.



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