657 days and counting- since the Taliban banned teenage girls from school. An Entire generation of young girls are getting scarred for life as they struggle for the most basic freedoms under the return of the Taliban to power in the war-torn country. On the 15th of August 2021, Kabul fell again to the Taliban for the second time just days ahead of the final withdrawal of the US led international forces. All the initial there talk of Taliban 2.0 being different in their approach from their first stint in power from 1996-2001 has proven to be a clear sham. The Ministry of Vice and Virtue in the Taliban government continues to strangle the lives and rights of young girls, women and minorities with daily new shackles.
On Episode 7 of Beyond Nation And State, independent journalist and host Smita Sharma is joined by -Shinkai Karokhail - Former Member of Parliament for Kabul Province. Member of Afghan Women's Network and Founder of Afghan Women's Educational Center and Afghanistan Cancer Foundation.
Speaking from Ottawa where she is forced to live in exile, Shinkai Karokhail recalls the Afghanistan of the past that respected women and allowed them their rights before the Taliban came into existence. In this heartfelt conversation she speaks about the daily horrors that young girls and women are facing under the Taliban, why she feels completely let down by the international community and why countries like India need to do a lot more.