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Taliban behead junior volleyball woman player in Kabul

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Taliban behead junior volleyball woman player in Kabul

Chandigarh: Taliban has reportedly beheaded a member of the Afghan junior women’s national volleyball team, Mahjabin Hakimi, who played in the youth age group, earlier this month in Kabul, the team’s coach stated to media. 

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In an interview, the coach said Mahjabin Hakimi was killed in October, but nobody learnt about the gruesome murder as the insurgents had threatened her family not to talk about it. Mahjabin played for the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club before the collapse of the Ashraf Ghani government, and was one of the club’s star players. Then, a few days ago, pictures of what seemed to be her severed head and bloodied neck turned up on social media. 

Mahjabin played for the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club before the collapse of the previous Afghan government and was one of the club’s most successful players.

The report mentioned that Suraya Afzali said the murder of Mahjabin Hakimi probably took place in early October, and that the issue remained hidden because her family had been threatened not to talk to anyone about it.

According to Afzali, after the collapse of the previous government, female athletes across Afghanistan faced a serious security threat, and the Taliban pursued them and searched the homes of a number of them in various cities.

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Many female athletes, especially members of the Afghan women’s volleyball team who have competed in foreign and domestic competitions and appeared in media programmes, are under serious threat.

The coach of the Afghan women’s national volleyball team said that only two of the team’s players were able to leave Afghanistan through personal action, and the rest of the team members inside Afghanistan are under threat and terror.

“All the players of the volleyball team and the rest of the women athletes are in a bad situation and in despair and fear,” Afzali said.

“Everyone has been forced to flee and live in unknown places. Efforts to gain the support of foreign organisations and countries to leave Afghanistan have so far been unsuccessful,” the report said.

Mahjabin’s death has fuelled fears of being targeted by the Taliban and individuals who have long sought to disrupt women’s sports.

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With the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan, all women’s activities in the sports, political and social spheres have ceased, and there are still concerns about continuing restrictions on the lives and work and safety of women active in the social arena.

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