Afghanistan: Women policed

Afghanistan: Women policed

Ammerman, Adrienne

HERAT-Women in Herat, a city in the west of Afghanistan, don’t face a much better situation than they did under the Taliban. Human Rights Watch has reported that women who talk with men on the street are sometimes being taken to a hospital by the morals police and forced to undergo a vaginal examination to find out whether they’ve had sex.

“Virtually every aspect of women’s and girls’ lives is still policed in Herat,” the report said. They can still be arrested if they don’t wear a veil, attempt to drive a car, enter a taxi, or speak with a man in public. Women are not allowed to gather publicly or speak out against these policies.

Herat province is governed by former Islamic militia leader Ismail Khan.

-info from Washington Post, 12/17

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