Aug 27 2012
Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 Afghan civilians, including two women, who were at an event that included music and dancing. Witnesses say Taliban gunmen stormed a high-end hotel demanding to know where the ‘prostitutes and pimps’ were.
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NBC NEWS (H/T RevereRidesAgain) The beheaded bodies were found in a house near the Musa Qala district, about 46 miles north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, said district governor Nimatullah, who only goes by one name. “The victims threw a late-night dance and music party when the Taliban attacked,” Nimatullah told Reuters.
In ultra-conservative Afghanistan, men and women do not usually mingle unless they are related, and parties involving both genders together are rare and highly secretive affairs. For the Taliban, flirting, open displays of affection and the mixing of men and women are vehemently condemned.
During their five-year reign, which was toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in 2001, sparking the present NATO-led war, the Taliban banned women from voting, holding most jobs and leaving their home unaccompanied by their husband or a male relative.
Though a few of those rights have been painstakingly regained, Afghanistan remains one of the worst places on earth to be a woman.