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Kandahari Women Activists claim Taliban break into her house

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KABUL: A Kandahari women activist claimed that the Taliban fighters broke into her house and captured five people.

Fahima Rahmati, a civil society activist, who is also head of the charity committee in the southern province of Kandahar on Sunday said that an “armed group belongs to the Taliban” stormed into her house and beaten some members of her family. Rahmati is head of Heela charity committee that provided humanitarian support to the war-affected people in Kandahar.

According to Rahmati, she has received death threats several times but decided to remain in the country to help her people. “I have never worked with the government,” she added. “Is this their general amnesty?”

Earlier, the Human Rights Watchdogs demanded the Taliban and the international community to seriously investigate the incidents of Kandahar and Kabul.

This comes as earlier, a Kabul resident blamed the Taliban for the killing of his wife. The man claimed that the Taliban fighters opened fire on his wife and killed her.  “Is this in Islam? Can someone, in Islam, kill a woman who is outside her house?” said Abdul Khaliq, whose wife was shot dead by the Taliban.

 “We are concerned about the reports that are coming in about raids that happened last night in Kandahar at the home of Fahima. This is part of what has been a growing pattern of Taliban fighters coming into the homes of women’s rights activists and high-profile women and searching for them and sometimes seeking to intimidate them, Heather Barr, co-director of the Women’s Rights Division at HRW was quoted by TOLO News as saying.

Last week, a number of women set demonstrations in capital Kabul in preservation of their achievements gained in past 20 years.

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