An Afghan police raid on the home of two female journalists in Kabul raises concerns about rising threats to women in public life – in this case from the Kabul police, who seem to have taken a page out of the Taliban’s playbook.
At about midnight on October 15, Afghan police from Kabul’s district 10 forcibly entered the home of photojournalist Tahereh Rezaei, which she shares with another female journalist. Rezaei reported that the police did not have a search warrant as is required under Afghan law and made the two journalists and several guests hand over their phones while they searched the house, including the bedrooms and the women’s laundry. The police also filmed the women without giving an explanation for doing so.
The police then told Rezaei to sign a statement stating that she would never again host gatherings where music is played. The guests were also told to sign statements that they would not participate in such events.
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