She now hopes she can get her eyesight back and resume her job.
Trigger warning: This story contains graphic details of attack that readers may find disturbing.
In several parts of the world, men and women fight for equality, because that's the way it should be. However, in certain parts of Asia, women aren't even allowed to speak when they are around men, let alone find a job for themselves. An Afghani woman's father was so opposed to his daughter finding a job for herself that he arranged a group of local goons to harm her so she wouldn't be able to take up her job as a police officer, according to New York Post. The last thing 33-year-old Khatera saw were the three men on a motorcycle who attacked her just after she left the police station in Afghanistan's central Ghazni province. The men shot at her and gouged her eyes out with a knife, as per Daily Mail.
When she woke up in the hospital, everything was dark. "I asked the doctors, why I can't see anything? They told me that my eyes are still bandaged because of the wounds. But at that moment, I knew my eyes had been taken from me," she said. Khatera and local authorities blame Taliban militants, but the assailants deny the involvement. Khatera also stated that the assailants acted on a tip-off from her father who openly opposed her working outside the home. The attack on Khatera not only robbed her of her eyesight, but it also deprived her of a chance at being a working woman, earning a salary monthly.
Horrible. That should have never happened to her.— Gulag Inmate #1337 (@Car94Hen) November 10, 2020
"I wish I had served in police at least a year. If this had happened to me after that, it would have been less painful. It happened too soon ... I only got to work and live my dream for three months," she said. The attack on Khatera shows a growing trend of women being attacked by men who can't stand the fact that they have a job to sustain themselves. In Khatera's case, being a police officer could have also angered the Taliban. "Though the situation for Afghan women in public roles has always been perilous, the recent spike in violence across the country has made matters even worse," said Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International's Afghanistan campaigner. "The great strides made on women's rights in Afghanistan over more than a decade must not become a casualty of any peace deal with the Taliban."
Those people are monsters— 🍂🍁Just Kat🆗️ (@KatPrayLove) November 10, 2020
Khatera reportedly wanted nothing more in life than to work outside her home, but despite spending years to convince her father, she had no luck. Eventually, it was her husband who supported her and helped her attain her dream. However, this displeased her father. "Many times, as I went to duty, I saw my father following me ... he started contacting the Taliban in the nearby area and asked them to prevent me from going to my job," she said.
This is afghan way to reject globalism— متعس (@wdeeeny) November 10, 2020
She alleges that her father provided the Taliban with her ID card to prove that she worked for the police. She also added that the father kept calling her on the day of the attack to confirm her location. Ghazni's police spokesman confirmed they believed the Taliban were behind the attack and that Khatera's father had been taken into custody. However, a spokesperson for the Taliban said they were not involved since it's a family matter. Now, Khatera wants nothing more than her job and her eyesight. "If it is possible, I get back my eyesight, I will resume my job and serve in the police again," she said, adding in part she needed an income to avoid destitution. "But the main reason is my passion to do a job outside the home."
It's a no woman's land.— Michelle (@Michelle_Dpt) November 10, 2020