KABUL: The last thing 33-year-old Khatera saw was that three men on a motorcycle quit her job at a police station in central Afghanistan, Ghazni province, shot her and stabbed her with a knife. Eye. When I woke up in the hospital, everything was dark.
“I asked the doctors why they couldn’t see anything. They said my eyes were still bandaged because of the wound, but at that moment I knew my eyes had been stolen from me,” she said. She and local authorities accused the attack of the Taliban militants (denying their participation), saying that the perpetrators acted as a tip from their father, who fiercely opposed working outside the home.
For Khatera, this attack not only lost sight, but also lost the dreams she fought to achieve, leading to an independent career. She joined the Ghazni police a few months ago as an officer in the crime department. “It would have been nice if I had served in the police for at least a year. If this had happened after that, it would have been less painful. It happened so quickly. I only had a dream for 3 months after working.” She told Reuters.
Human rights activists say the attacks on Catera, who use only one name, are indicative of an increasing intense and often violent backlash against women who get jobs, especially in public roles. In the case of Catera, being a police officer could also upset the Taliban.
Human rights activists believe that Afghanistan’s conservative social norms and bold Taliban gain influence and the US withdrawal from the state is leading the rise.
The Taliban are currently negotiating with the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar to broker a peace agreement. This country.
In recent months, the Taliban have said they will respect women’s rights under Sharia law, but many educated women say they have doubts. The rebels opposed the reform of adding the mother’s name to the identification card, one of the first specific positions on women’s rights when women participate in the peace process.
“The situation for Afghan women in public roles has always been dangerous,” said Amnesty International’s Afghanistan activist Sammira Ha Midi. “For more than a decade, great progress in women’s rights in Afghanistan should not be a victim of a peace treaty with the Taliban.”
Childhood dream dash
As a child, Catera’s dream was to work outside the home, and for many years trying to persuade her father, to no avail, she was able to seek help from her husband. However, her father said he did not give up his objection. “As I started serving, I often saw my father following me,” she said. He started contacting the Taliban from a nearby area and asked me to keep me from going to work.”
She said she had given the Taliban a copy of her identification card to prove that she had worked in the police, and that she had called her throughout the day she was attacked and asked for the location. A spokesman for the Ghazni police has confirmed that he believes the Taliban is behind the attack and that Katera’s father has been detained. Reuters was unable to contact him directly for comment.
A Taliban spokesman said the group was aware of the incident, but it was a family issue and was not relevant. Catera and her family, including five children, are now hiding in Kabul, regaining and mourning her lost career. She had a hard time falling asleep and had to cut off contact with relatives, including her mother, who jumped when she heard the sound of a motorcycle and blamed her for her father’s arrest. She is eagerly hoping that an overseas doctor can somehow partially restore her vision.
“If possible, I’ll get my sight back on track, get back to work and serve in the police,” she said, adding that in part, income is needed to avoid poverty. “But the main reason is my passion to work outside the home.”