Harrowing stories emerge of Taliban setting women on fire for ‘bad cooking’

Afghani women are being set on fire if the Taliban don't like their cooking and being used as sex slaves, a former judge from the country has claimed.

Najla Ayoubi, who said she had to "flee" Afghanistan for her safety, said she had heard stories of beatings, whippings, and other violent attacks against women.

“They are forcing people to give them food and cook them food,” she told Sky News.

“Also there are so many young women in the past few weeks being shipped into neighboring countries in coffins to be used as sex slaves.”

She went on to claim a woman was “put on fire because she was accused of bad cooking by Taliban fighters".

Speaking from Los Angeles, the brave activist said she was forced to "flee" for her life from the Taliban after speaking out in favour of women and women's rights.

The former judge is Chief of Coalition and Global Programmes at Every Woman Treaty which campaigns to end violence against women, and said she was collecting stories from "hundreds and thousands" of fellow activists still trapped in Afghanistan.

Najla added: "They also force families to marry their young daughters to Taliban fighters.

“I don't see where is the promise that they think women should be going to work, when we are seeing all of these atrocities."

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid has claimed the group would honor women’s rights within the norms of Islamic law.

However, Najla said the Taliban had previously "promised a lot" when they first came into power, but once the terrorist group had established itself, those promises disappeared.

The activist claimed that just last week a female producer for an Afghani news channel was sent home from work.

"There is no way for any of us to believe that they will be giving any chances to women to work," she added.

Tragically, Najla said many women she knew who remained in the country had gone into hiding in fear of their own and loved ones' lives, but "unfortunately there is no way to get out of the situation".

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