Afghan Women's National Team Volleyball Player Beheaded by Taliban

21 Oct, 2021 13:44 IST|Sakshi Post

A report on the Taliban's assassination of a junior volleyball player who was a member of Afghanistan's national women's team.

Mahjabin Hakimi was a member of Afghanistan's junior women's volleyball team. Earlier this month, a coach said she was executed by the Taliban.

The Taliban decapitated Mahjabin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan junior women's national volleyball team.

Taliban: A member of the Afghan junior women's national volleyball team is said to have been beheaded by Taliban terrorists, according to a coach who spoke to the Persian Independent.

Coach Suraya Afzali (name changed) stated in an interview that the Taliban killed a female player called Mahjabin Hakimi earlier in October, but no one knew about it because the militants warned her family not to talk about it.

Mahjabin was a prominent player for the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club until the Ashraf Ghani government fell apart. Then, only a few days ago, photos of her chopped head and wounded neck appeared on social media.

Only two of the Afghan women's national volleyball team's players were able to flee the country before the Taliban took total control in August, according to their coach. Mahjabin Hakimi was only one of the many unfortunate female athletes who were left behind.

The Taliban have attempted to identify and hunt down female athletes since their takeover; the militants have been especially on the lookout for members of the Afghan women's volleyball team, who have previously competed in foreign and domestic competitions and appeared on media programmes, according to Afzali.

"All the players of the volleyball team and the rest of the women athletes are in a bad situation and in despair and fear," Afzali told the Persian Independent. "Everyone has been forced to flee and live underground."

The Afghan national women's volleyball team was founded in 1978 and has long served as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young Afghan women. However, Mahjabin's killing has heightened worries about Taliban assassination. Members of the squad have been unsuccessful in gaining the assistance of international organisations and nations to flee Afghanistan.

Last week, FIFA and the Qatari government successfully evacuated 100 women footballers from Afghanistan, including members of the national team and their families.

All women's sports, political, and social activities have been halted since the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. The great majority of Afghan girls are still denied access to secondary education.

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