The Harsh Treatment of Women in Afghanistan
Since the tragedies of September 11th 2001, Americans have really opened their eyes to the political state of Afghanistan. The poor treatment of women in Afghanistan is an issue that, for many Americans, just seems to be coming to light as a serious concern that requires outside attention. Extreme Islamic leaders in the country persist in limiting the freedom that Afghan women have. Women in the Taliban-controlled country suffer unusually hideous acts of torment and are forced to abide by outrageous regulations because of stringent enforcement methods. Afghan women daily live lives restricted by Taliban law and risk having to endure cruel punishment and torture, yet Afghan political leaders continue to justify the their treatment of Afghan women.
The Islamic women of Afghanistan are denied many of the same liberties that Americans take for granted everyday. Although the religion that they have faith in, according to Janelle Brown’s “Terror’s First Victims”, “guarantee[s] women status in society as individuals and religious devotees,” the political instability of Afghanistan has lead to a distortion of Islamic traditions (Brown 2). Women are not allowed to leave their own homes at their own will. They are forced to wear full-body veils called burqas when they are in public so that no parts of their bodies are visible to others. As Brown explains, they “must be accompanied by a male relative” when away from home and cannot even speak to men outside of their families (Brown 1). Women are restricted from holding jobs, going to school, renting hotel rooms and painting their fingernails. They can’t even eat in public without risking severe punishment from Afghan men.