A gay man tricked into a meeting; beaten and raped by the Taliban
Islamist fighters tricked him by posing as a friend who could help him escape.
A gay man has been raped and beaten by the Taliban in just the latest example of the new life facing Afghans as their country returns to Islamist rule.
The man, who has not been identified, was lured out of hiding in the capital Kabul by two Taliban fighters who posed as a friend offering safe passage out of the country.
Instead, they beat and raped the man when he arrived to meet them – then took his father’s number so they could tell him that his son is gay.
It comes after the Taliban was accused of forcibly marrying girls as young as 12 to its fighters as sex slaves, and of carrying out summary executions against anyone suspected of helping western forces during the 20-year war.
The man’s fate was revealed by Artemis Akbary, an Afghan rights activist now living in Turkey, who told ITV News that he had been in touch with the man.
He said the attack is just an early example of what life will be like for gay people under Taliban rule, as the final US troops left the country.
‘They are trying to tell the world “we are changed and we don’t have problems with women’s rights or human rights”,’ Akbary said.
‘My friends in Afghanistan are scared, they don’t know what will happen to them in the future so they’re just trying to hide.’
With the American withdrawal from Afghanistan now complete, there are fears the Taliban will quickly reimpose their brutal interpretation of Islam on the country.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the group’s spokesman, insisted today that security forces will be ‘gentle and nice’ to those under their rule.
But his words contrast sharply with warnings from the UN of widespread human rights abuses and suppression of women’s rights.
And a little over a week ago, Najla Ayoubi – a former Afghan judge who now lives in the US – said that Taliban fighters had set a woman alight because they didn’t like the food they forced her to cook for them.
Afghans who assisted western forces during the 20-year conflict said today that the Taliban have pinned terrifying ‘night letters’ to their front doors – warning them to report to court or else face execution.
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