The Taliban Intelligence Agency reportedly detained another woman activist, Farhat Popalzai, less than a week after Zarifa Yaqoubi and her colleagues were detained, setting off an outcry among social media users.
Farhat Popalzai, a women’s rights activist and protester who took part in the recent demonstrations, was reportedly detained by the Taliban, according to domestic media sources cited on November 10.
Farhat Popalzi, a 23-year-old activist for women’s rights, is one of the founders of the Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Women, and also was in charge of the movement’s social media accounts.
According to Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Women, Farhat Popalzi, one of the movement’s active members, has been missing in Kabul, the Afghan capital, since Tuesday and there has been no update on her whereabouts.
According to BBC Dari, the movement also reported Zainab’s detention, another one of its members.
Unnamed sources were cited by several local media outlets as saying that Taliban fighters had taken Popalzai and her father to a police station in Kabul where they had inspected her phone before taking her into custody.
Social media users are outraged by the Taliban’s detention of women and human rights activists, calling the group’s actions “wrong” and “without legitimate” reason, demanding the activists’ immediate release.
“Despite intel backlash, Taliban’s crackdown continues,” one Twitter user wrote.
This comes at a time when Afghanistan’s human rights situation has severely deteriorated as a result of the Taliban’s draconian rules prohibiting women’s freedom of association, expression, and mobility.