What are Taliban rape gangs? Militants go door to door hunting for minor girls as sex slaves

A woman was reportedly shot dead by the Taliban for wearing 'tight clothes', while in some banks, female employees have been ordered not to return


                            What are Taliban rape gangs? Militants go door to door hunting for minor girls as sex slaves
Afghan women in 2003, shortly after the previous Taliban regime ended (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Shocking reports have surfaced from chaos-ravaged Afghanistan about how Taliban militants are roaming the streets in search of minor girls to turn them into sex slaves. The extremist organization obtained control over the country on August 15, following the withdrawal of US Troops after 20 years. Thousands of Afghans attempted to flee the borders overnight, fearing a resurgence of the 1996 Taliban regime where women's rights took a backseat. Though the Taliban leadership is yet to impose any formal restriction on education, work, and other basic rights of women, scattered reports of their oppressive activities have started emerging.

In some areas, women are being forced to wear burqas and face coverings. Female employees at some banks were instructed to stay home and not return to their jobs, as per Al-Jazeera reports. There have also been reports of women being ordered to leave home only with male chaperons. In another incident, a woman was shot dead by Taliban for apparently wearing 'tight clothes'. Perhaps the most shocking instance of oppression reported so far are the Taliban 'rape gangs' — militant men who are on a mission to capture 'sex slaves'. There are also reports that warning notices have been pasted on women-centric shops for the women employees to "face the consequences" in case they dare to return.

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According to DailyMail, Taliban are going door to door in the capital city of Kabul, in search of interpreters and Western allies. Simultaneously, there are allegations that in other cities, the extremists are hunting girls, as young as 12 years of age. Taliban has had a notorious record of keeping young women and girls as sex slaves, subjecting them to immense torture and sexual assault. 

Jihadist commanders in different Afghan provinces are reportedly issuing orders to local Imams to bring them the list of unmarried women in the area, aged between 12 to 45 years. It is believed that the women will be forced to marry Taliban fighters who view them as 'qhanimat' or 'spoils of war'. After the sham marriages, the women captives are likely to be 'distributed' and 'shared' among the victors for exploiting. 

Meanwhile, bizarre videos of Taliban terrorists enjoying a joyride on bumper cars are circulating on the internet. On the other hand, there are also photos of the militants parading men on the street with blackened faces and nooses around their necks, for petty crimes like theft. The religious hardliners have promised a more structured administration this time, but citizens are finding it hard to believe given their past experience of brutal theocracy.

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