Group’s supreme leader issued an order to ensure the rights of women under Shariah law, a woman’s consent will be necessary before marriage.
Kabul, Dec 3 (Asia Free Press): The Afghan Taliban government announced strict implementation of women’s rights and banned giving away girls for dispute resolution in the country.
The group’s supreme leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, issued a declaration on Friday and ordered the concerned ministries to implement the directives across the country.
Adult women’s consent is necessary during Nekah/marriage. (Though, both should be equal with no risk of sedition. “No one can force women to marry by coercion or pressure,” said the chief of the Afghan Taliban.
The Taliban top leader said that women are not property but noble and free human beings and no one can give her to anyone in exchange for a peace deal or to end animosity.
For the first time in recent history, Afghanistan became the first country where women will get their full rights under Islamic law.
After the death of the husband, “Sharaie Iddat” (four months and ten nights or pregnancy) passes, no one can marry a widow by force, including her relatives,” the Taliban chief said in his declaration, which was shared by government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid with the media.
He added that a widow has the right to decide whether to marry and or to choose her future.
“Under Sharia law, it is the right of a widow to obtain “Mahar” from her new husband.” Mahar is an amount of money specified by the wife and husband during the Nekah to be paid by the husband to his wife.
“A widow has heritage rights and a fixed share in the property of her husband, children, father, and relatives, and no one can deprive a widow of her rights,” said Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.
“Those with multiple marriages (more than one wife) are obliged to give rights to all women in accordance with Sharia law, and maintain justice between them.”
The new Taliban government in Afghanistan has instructed the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Supreme Court, as well as the provincial governors and district governors, to implement the decree issued by the group’s chief.