Kunduz – About 150 high school female students in the northern region of Afghanistan suffered poisoning after drinking contaminated water, officials said on Tuesday (04/17/2012). The authorities accused the group of radicals who oppose education for women in charge of the event.
Since the fall in 2001, the Taliban regime banned education for women and girls, the women of Afghanistan have returned to school, especially in Kabul.
But attacks still occur regularly against girls, teachers and their schools. It usually occurs in the south and east of the country that are more conservative and east of the country. In these two areas that still support the Taliban is strongest.
“We are 100 percent sure that the water they drink in the classroom has been poisoned. This is likely the work of people who oppose education for girls or armed individuals are not responsible,” said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, a spokesman for the Department of Education Province of Takhar.
The victims suffer from headaches and vomiting. Some of them even in a critical condition. But some other students are allowed to go home straight after receiving treatment in hospital, officials said.
Authorities believe their drinking water had been poisoned because the water tank used to fill a pitcher of water is not contaminated with toxic.
“This is not a natural disease. This is a deliberate act to poison the girls,” said Haffizullah Safi, Head of the Department of Public Health Takhar.
None of the officials called the group in question for fear of retaliation from the person who called.
The Afghan government said last year the Taliban no longer oppose education for women, though never say so explicitly. The group has taken a conservative stance is moderate for the progress of peace talks.
Previously, radical groups pour battery acid into the faces of women in both adult and children who want to go to school.
Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, banned education for women as it is considered un-Islamic.
Afghan girls are often subjected to violence and even assassination attempts by the people and the radical anti-educational group for women in that country.
The girls in the country is prohibited in school or working outside the home by theregime’s hardline Taliban Islamic groups. Such a policy runs until 2001 when the regimewas defeated following the invasion of U.S. troops, who are looking frontman Al Qaedaterrorist network, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban are believed was protected.
Since then, millions of girls attending school. However, their safety and the teachers are often threatened. Over the past year a number of similar incidents occurred.