“One of Them Put His Foot on my Head”
At 10:00 AM on Wednesday September 8, 2021, Taqi Daryabi and Nemat Naqdi, two journalists from Etilaatroz newspaper, checked their cameras, memory cards, batteries and mobile phones.
The night before, the Taliban had announced their all-Taliban, all male cabinet members.
Forces from Kabul’s police district third were deployed there to stop the protesters.
They were firing in the air and using whips to intimidate and disperse the protesters.
Several times during the torture, Taqi lost consciousness.
Nemat also suffered trauma and shock caused by Talibans’ torture.
Almost unable to speak, with a torso and back full of wounds and bruises due to the kicking and flogging, they explained how were tortured for covering the women protest:
“One of them put his foot on my head, pressing and pulling it to break my neck.”
“They crushed my face against the concrete floor of the room.”
“I was beaten with batons, whips, cables, pipes and was kicked.”
“It’s unacceptable and unforgettable”, said Liala, Taki’s mother, when he saw his son leave the hospital barely unable to walk.
Taliban officials have not reacted to the detention and torture of Etilaatroz reporters by Taliban fighters.