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Woman Activist in Kandahar Says Family Members Beaten

Fahima Rahmati, a civil society activist and the head of a charity in southern Kandahar province, claimed on Sunday that an "armed group related to the Taliban," had entered her house and beat some of her family members last night.

Miss Rahmati, who leads a charity naming Heela, (wish) said she has received death threats and her family has also been threatened.

She added that she has never worked with the government before. “Is this their general amnesty--that the Taliban are coming to my house, and beating my family members? Is governance like this?”

A man also claimed that his wife was recently killed in a Taliban shooting in Kabul. Her husband, Abdul Khaleq said: “Is this in Islam? Can someone, in Islam, kill a woman who is outside her house?”

Human Rights Watch called on the Taliban and the international community to seriously investigate the incidents that occurred in Kandahar and Kabul.

“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 told TOLOnews.

Political analyst Ibrahim Baes said: “I ask Taliban leaders to hand over such people (Taliban fighters) to a court in order for them to face a legal process and that no one else repeat such actions.”

But Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban's Cultural Commission, said that investigations into the incident in Kabul has begun. “We have some information on the incident. We started an investigation. We will find who killed the woman," he said.

This comes as the Taliban Head of State, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, in an audio message asked the Taliban to not offend the people.

Woman Activist in Kandahar Says Family Members Beaten

Also, a man in Kabul said his wife was shot and killed, the Taliban said an investigation is ongoing. 

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Fahima Rahmati, a civil society activist and the head of a charity in southern Kandahar province, claimed on Sunday that an "armed group related to the Taliban," had entered her house and beat some of her family members last night.

Miss Rahmati, who leads a charity naming Heela, (wish) said she has received death threats and her family has also been threatened.

She added that she has never worked with the government before. “Is this their general amnesty--that the Taliban are coming to my house, and beating my family members? Is governance like this?”

A man also claimed that his wife was recently killed in a Taliban shooting in Kabul. Her husband, Abdul Khaleq said: “Is this in Islam? Can someone, in Islam, kill a woman who is outside her house?”

Human Rights Watch called on the Taliban and the international community to seriously investigate the incidents that occurred in Kandahar and Kabul.

“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 told TOLOnews.

Political analyst Ibrahim Baes said: “I ask Taliban leaders to hand over such people (Taliban fighters) to a court in order for them to face a legal process and that no one else repeat such actions.”

But Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban's Cultural Commission, said that investigations into the incident in Kabul has begun. “We have some information on the incident. We started an investigation. We will find who killed the woman," he said.

This comes as the Taliban Head of State, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, in an audio message asked the Taliban to not offend the people.

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