A Kabul University professor destroyed his diplomas on live television saying he does not accept this education if his “mother and sister can’t study”. Footage from the TV show, now viral, shows the professor tearing apart his certificates one by one.
Shabnam Nasimi, former policy advisor to the Minister for Afghan Resettlement & Minister for Refugees, said, “Astonishing scenes as a Kabul university professor destroys his diplomas on live TV in Afghanistan. Today I don’t need these diplomas anymore because this country is no place for an education. If my sister & my mother can’t study, then I DON’T accept this education,” quoted the professor saying.
Currently, Nasimi works as executive director of Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, a group that exists to promote understanding and support for Afghanistan in the United Kingdom.
Despite initially promising a more moderate rule respecting rights for women and minorities, the Taliban recently declared an indefinite ban on university education for Afghan women. “You all are informed to immediately implement the mentioned order of suspending the education of females until further notice,” Minister for Higher Education Neda Mohammad Nadeem said in a letter issued to all government and private universities.
The announcement follows several changes in university rules, including gender-segregated classrooms and entrances. Also, women were only allowed to be taught by women professors or old men.
They have also restricted girls from attending middle school and high school and restricted women from most employment. The Taliban has also ordered women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public. Women are also banned from parks and gyms and cannot travel without a male relative.
In August last year, the Taliban recaptured Afghanistan two decades after they had been driven out by the United States forces in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Soon after they gained power, Taliban leaders promised a softer rule. However, their actions showed otherwise as restrictions made their way into every aspect of women’s lives.