A boy and an engaged girl from Kunduz province’s fifth district, in northern Afghanistan, have reportedly been arrested on charges of running away from home, according to the security officials of the Taliban government in Kunduz province.

The spokesman for the Kunduz police department said that Shabana, who was engaged to another person, and Parwiz, a resident of Mullah-Ghafoor street in Kunduz’s fourth district, fled their home four days ago for Balkh province before returning and being arrested in Kunduz province.

According to Obaidullah Abedi, the spokesman for the Kunduz police department, Parwiz who fled with engaged Shabana, have been arrested on Saturday, 16th July, and will be handed over to the judicial bodies.

According to the security officials in Kunduz province, the two arrested have confessed and will be dealt with under Islamic Sharia, after investigations are concluded.

Afghan women have been subject to forced marriages, and domestic violence, and according to a report by the Human Rights Watch, up to 70% of cases of “running away” from home are associated with fleeing forced marriage or domestic violence.

Following the reinstatement of the Taliban in Afghanistan, several stringent edicts are put in place, strictly restricting women’s rights, including the freedom of movement, as travel bans apply to them without a Mahram.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).