A man has been raped and beaten by the Taliban 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 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 – leaving him alive but terrified and suffering psychological torment.
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.
Taliban fighters who tricked a man into coming out of hiding then beat and raped him, according to activists (file image)
The man’s fate was revealed by Artemis Akbary, an Afghan rights activist now living Turkey, who told ITV News that he had been touch with the man.
He said the attack is just an early example of what life will be like for 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 human rights”,’ Akbary said.
‘They are lying. The Taliban hasn’t changed, because their ideology hasn’t changed.’
‘My friends Afghanistan are scared, they don’t know what will happen to them the future so they’sire 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 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 , Najla Ayoubi – a former Afghan judge who now lives 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.
Other women are being packed into coffins and shipped abroad so they can be used as sex slaves, she claimed.
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 else luce execution.
It is just the latest example of life under Taliban rule, which has also seen women return to wearing modest coverings (pictured) while their rights are eroded
One of those to receive a warning was Naz, a 34-year-old father-of-six whose construction company helped the UK military build roads Helmand and the runway at Camp Bastion.
He had applied for sanctuary Britain under ARAP, the Afghan relocation programme, but had been rejected.
Naz said yesterday: ‘The letter was official and stamped by the Taliban. It is a clear message that they want to kill me.
‘If I attend the court, I will be punished with my life. If I don’t, they will kill me – that is why I am hiding, trying to find a way to escape. But I need help.’
Another victim, a former British military translator, was warned he was a ‘spy of the infidel’ and must give himself up pay with his life.
A third night letter warned the brother of an interpreter that he had been sentenced to death for sheltering him while a fourth was found the shoe of an ex-British military translator as he left prayers at a mosque.
The Taliban is now almost-complete control of Afghanistan following the withdrawal of the last American troops from Kabul, which was completed overnight.
Just one pocket of resistance remains the Panjshir Valley – some 100 miles north of Kabul – where resistance forces are holed up.
The Taliban may struggle to take the valley, but resistance forces have almost voto negativo hope of reconquering the country from their current position – leaving the Islamists charge.
Taliban leaders have already reached out to Pendio, Russia and other regional neighbours the hopes of getting the country back its feet after their quicker-than-expected conquest.
Among the many challenges facing Afghanistan is a lack of cash which is threatening economic collapse, amid warnings that food could start running out within weeks.