By: Rukhshana Media
The Taliban forces briefly detained six female students when they were returning home from the university without being accompanied by their male family members in Ghazni city, sources said.
The driver of the passenger minivan, who was hired by the students to transport them every day to the university and back home, was also detained.
All six students were held in a container for four hours at the sixth police district in Ghazni city on Saturday, August 25, one source said.
They were all released after paying 10,000 Afghani each, apparently as fine, without being charged with any crime, according to a second source.
The Taliban fighters tortured and beaten the driver while he was in detention. They also forced the students to sign a commitment letter that they won’t go to university without having a male chaperone.
All six students are studying engineering at Ghazni University. Four of them have decided to quit university after being detained, sources said.
The Taliban returned the students’ smartphones and textbooks after a mediator who is also a Taliban member intervened at the request of their parents.