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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: Taliban seized control of Kabul on Sunday, effectively ending a two-decade, Western-backed campaign to transform the country.
Listen to the voice of Afghan Women. Image credit. Free-media.com
As Canada prepares to send more flights to evacuate vulnerable Afghans from Kabul in the coming weeks, a female judge Maryam is busy hiding and destroying any evidence of her successful, decade-long career as a judge in Afghanistan — a job that could seal her fate under Taliban rule.
As a woman judge, she said if the Taliban identified her, she would most likely be executed without a trial. If she was lucky, she might only be imprisoned.
"[The Taliban] believe … women who work as a judge are infidels," Maryam told CBC News in a conversation over WhatsApp on Monday. "I think the Taliban's coming makes Afghanistan regress about 100 years back."
There are about 270 women judges in Afghanistan and all of them desperate to flee
Maryam said she is regularly in touch with many of them online. "They are so worried. They are frequently asking me, 'Is there any hope to escape?'," CBC News reported.
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 with a harsh form of Islamic law.
Deadly car-bomb attacks targeting Afghans who work for the courts as well as their families have been recently reported by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).
In January, two female judges from Afghanistan's Supreme Court had been ambushed and killed by an unidentified gunman.