Indra - Chapter 06
Women no longer have the right to work or attend school....
We want to set up a government based on the precepts of the holy Koran
and the Prophet's recommendationsâ€¦. The Book stipulates that women
should not mix with men either at work or in school. If they want to
study, they can do so at home under their husbands' supervision. Sayed
Abdul Malek, Herat, Afghanistan
It was with horror that many people read these words in the Guardian
Weekly (29 October 1995), for observers had hoped that the newest
mujahedeen movement, the Taleban, then sweeping through western
Afghanistan, would bring enlightenment, unity, and, finally, peace to
the beleaguered country.1 This was not to be, for the appearance of the
Taleban simply added one more player to the crowded field of warlords
vying for power in Kabul, and initiated yet another rearrangement of
alliances between old and bitter rivals.