80 Schoolgirls Girls Poisoned At Schools In Afghanistan, Hospitalized
The Taliban govt has already banned girls for education after 6th grade in Afghanistan. Now the schoolgirls of grade 1-6 are attacked with poisons at their schools.
The education officials of Afghanistan have confirmed that nearly 80 girls were hospitalized after being poisoned at schools in the Sar-e-Pul province.
The incidents occurred over the weekend in the Sangcharak district, targeting schoolgirls (female students) in grades 1 to 6.
The director of the provincial department of education, Mohammad Rahmani, confirmed that 60 students from Naswan-e-Kabod Aab School and 17 students from Naswan-e-Faizabad School were affected.
The girls were quickly transferred to the hospital, and Rahmani assured that they are all now in stable condition.
The investigation into the incidents is ongoing, but initial inquiries suggest that someone with a grudge hired a third party to carry out the attacks. However, no further details about the perpetrators or the methods of poisoning have been disclosed.
The Taliban had regained control of Afghanistan in August 2021 and since then it has been imposing restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Afghan women and girls.
In neighboring Iran, a similar wave of poisonings targeting school-age girls has been reported since November. Thousands of students have reported illness due to exposure to noxious fumes in these incidents.
However, there has been no official information regarding the individuals responsible or the specific chemicals used.
The poisoning attacks in Afghanistan and Iran highlight the ongoing threats faced by girls and women in these regions. Similarly, in Iran, the attacks add to concerns about the safety and well-being of schoolgirls.
In Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s repressive policies have severely curtailed women’s rights and access to education, incidents like these further exacerbate the challenges faced by young girls in pursuing an education.
These incidents serve as a stark reminder of the obstacles and dangers that girls and women encounter in their pursuit of education and empowerment.
They underscore the urgent need for robust measures to ensure the safety and security of girls in educational institutions.
The international community must continue to advocate for the rights of girls and women in these regions, condemning such acts of violence and supporting initiatives that promote gender equality and access to education.