Soon after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the Islamic fundamentalist group addressed a press conference where they said that under their rule, women will enjoy their rights in the country under Sharia law.
Sharia law is the legal system of Islam and the Taliban have their own interpretation of their law. The law is derived from the Quran, Islam's holy book, and the Sunnah and Hadith - the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. Sharia acts as a code for living that all Muslims should adhere to, including prayers, fasting and donations to the poor.
While many women are fearing for their safety and life, let's look at what Sharia law means for women under Taliban rule:
The implication of Sharia law in women of Afghanistan:
Under the Taliban's rule, women were effectively put under house arrest as they were not allowed to work or have an education.
Any female above the age of eight had to wear a burqa and had to be accompanied by a male member of the family if they wanted to leave their home.
A woman's voice should not be heard by a stranger when she is speaking loudly in public.
Women were forbidden to wear high-heel shoes as no man should hear a woman walk.
Photographing, filming or displaying pictures of women in newspapers, books, shops were not allowed.
Women were not allowed to wear make-up including nail polishes.
Women were not allowed to appear in the balconies of their homes.
The word "women" had to be removed from any place names.
Music is illegal in Sharia law. Women who listened to music or danced to tunes were severely punished.
The women who broke the rules under the previous Taliban's rule were severely punished. They were humiliated by a public beating or were stoned. In extreme cases, they were executed publicly.