Images of women outside a beauty salon in Kabul are being painted over following the Taliban's capture of the Afghan presidential palace and capital, a photo released on Sunday showed.
When the Taliban last controlled Afghanistan, women were forbidden from attending school or working. In addition, they had to wear face coverings and were punished if they failed to do so.
Now, women across Afghanistan fear the treatment that awaits them when the Taliban assume control.
Many expect to experience a near-complete loss of fundamental freedoms. For example, they might be unable to leave their homes without being accompanied by a male relative.
Women who worked as activists or politicians said they fear reprisals.
"I'm sitting here waiting for them to come," one woman said, according to iNews. "There is no one to help me or my family. I'm just sitting with them and my husband. And they will come for people like me and kill me. I can't leave my family. And anyway, where would I go?"
In the past, women have been jailed, lashed, stoned, and even murdered for acting against Taliban rule.
The Taliban will offer "amnesty" to civilians who worked with the Afghan government or foreign forces, said the group's chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.
"No one's life, property, and dignity will be harmed, and the lives of the citizens of Kabul will not be at risk," he said.
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Original Author: Luke Gentile