Fear grips Afghan student in Kozhikode; narrates shock and agony
“In the eyes of Taliban, me, my friends, my family, all are under threat,” says Sebghatuwlah Mohamand, an Afghan student of Bachelor’s in Computer Science at Feroke college, Kozhikode.
It is too early to predict or comment on the outcome of Taliban capturing power in Afghanistan. However, the strict implementation of their version of Sharia law or Islamic law, is certain and women’s right would lie in the hands of a council of Islamic scholars. If caught violating any of their Islamic code, the accused would be dealt with brutal forms of punishments.
Sebghatuwlah’s sister is a teacher at a local school, where the Islamic law was recently imposed. “Girls and boys are to be seated separately. Girls must be taught by female teachers only and the boys by male. My sister still goes to school every day. My brothers have their exams now. But my family is scared. We don’t know to whom we can turn for help anymore. We no longer have a government to protect us,” he said, perturbed by these developments.
A resident of Ghazni, a central Afghan city just 150km away from Kabul, Sebghatuwlah is not new to these conflicts or the civil war. However, what makes the recent events distressing is that there is no force fighting back for the rights of Afghans, as President Ghani fled and the demoralized Afghan security force surrendered or escaped without putting up a fight.
When asked whether going back was an option, Sebghatuwlah instantaneously replied, “I won’t go back. If I go back, I’ll have to work for Taliban or else I will die. None of my friends (fellow Afghan students) wish to go back. We want to live.” He believes that human rights is about to change for the worse in Afghanistan, with women going to face the brunt of the oppressive regime.
Sebghatuwlah and Afghans world over are uncertain about the future of their motherland and fear for their families back home. Like the ‘Kabuliwala’ from Tagore’s 1892 novel, they toil away in distant lands for the well being of their loved ones, with hopes of rebuilding their war-torn country someday. However, given the manner in which events are unfolding, Afghanistan is now in a state of despair. The ill-conceived pull out of NATO troops has given Taliban the upper hand as thousands of foreigners remain stranded. Their safe passage now lies in the mercy of Taliban. Moreover, millions of Afghans feel abandoned by their Government and its western `allies’ that are busy working out evacuation plans for their citizens from the imminent danger.
(The author is student of Mathrubhumi Media School)