Ian Patrick, FISM News
A member of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team was beheaded by the Taliban, but it is unknown exactly when the execution took place. According to reporting from The Persian Independent, one of the coaches of the team confirmed the beheading during an interview.
The athlete, Mahjubin Hakimi, played in the younger age group of the national team and was a part of the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club before the Taliban takeover of the nation. She was described by The Independent as “one of the club’s most successful players.”
The coach, speaking under the pseudonym Suraya Afzali, said that the family could not pinpoint the exact time or place when the beheading took place, but that she suspects it occurred sometime in October. The incident is only just emerging now because the Taliban had threatened the family to keep quiet.
The coach further revealed that only two members of the national women’s team were able to escape Afghanistan, while the others remain “in a bad situation and in despair and fear,” adding, “Everyone has been forced to flee and live in unknown places.”
All women’s sports, as well as women’s roles in other social and political areas, have stopped under the Taliban’s rule.
Mahjubin’s death highlights an important threat within Afghanistan stemming directly from the Taliban. When the terrorist group finalized their takeover of the nation, they held a press conference in which they said they would try to include women in the government under Islamic guidelines and rules.
FISM News reported that during the press conference the Taliban spokesperson wanted “women to be more involved and feel safe in the new government.” However, this recent development, combined with other atrocities that have emerged since the Taliban’s takeover, directly contradict these sentiments.