Taliban Bans Forced Marriage Of Women

In a surprising move, the Taliban has decreed to ban forced marriages of women in Afghanistan. The decree issued by the Taliban’s reclusive chief Hibatullah Akhunzada states that women should not be treated as ‘property’ and that their consent is mandatory for marriages. In a move that bodes well for women’s rights in Afghanistan, forced marriages have now been banned by the Taliban. Kabul, December 3, 2021: The famously reclusive Hibatullah Akhunzada, the Supreme Leader of the Taliban, issued a decree on Friday stating that the Taliban henceforth bans forced marriages of women. The decree that was just one of the surprisingly progressive announcements made on Friday, was not quite clear on the minimum age for marriage (previously it was 16 years). The decree was issued by the Talib...

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