Just after the Taliban seized Kabul, the group’s chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in his first news conference said that their group will respect women’s rights, “as stated on the framework of Islamic law.” Now the question arises, what is the law all about?
The Islamic (Sharia) law has arrived from the Muslim holy book, the Quran, and rulings by Islamic scholars around the world. This law acts as a code of conduct in all areas of life for Muslims, governing everything. But the law is particularly explained in a wide variety of ways like there is no single, agreed-upon code of Sharia law.
Taliban leaders promised that their team would honor women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law, without elaborating. Moreover, they have encouraged “women to return to work” and have permitted the “girls to return to school” as well.
However, the treatment of women fluctuates widely across the Muslim world and sometimes even within the same country, with rural areas that are far more conservative. On the other hand, neighboring Muslim countries, also have female prime ministers, while ultraconservative Saudi Arabia only recently allowed women to drive.
Taliban further said “the ideology and beliefs are the same because they’re Muslims, but there is a change in terms of experience–they’re more experienced and have a different perspective. Taliban are committed to providing women with their rights based on Islam. Women can work in the health sector and other sectors where they are needed. There will be no discrimination against women.”
Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, arrived in Kandahar of Qatar, signaling that a deal is close at hand. The vice president of the ousted government, also tweeted that he was the country’s legitimate caretaker president. Amrullah Saleh stated that he should be in charge as President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country.