If the world is worried about the women and children under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan, it must be terrified for the LGBT+ community living in the war-torn country.
According to a report, a gay man was raped and beaten in Kabul by two Taliban militants. They even demanded his father's phone number to tell that his son is gay, the report said.
Reportedly, the victim had been talking to a man on social media for three weeks before agreeing to meet him. He had been promised a safe way out of the country. However, the Taliban militants deceived him and raped him.
According to a BBC report, under Afghan laws, a homosexual person could be arrested and taken to court for his sexuality. However, under the Taliban's interpretation of Sharia Law, homosexuality is strictly prohibited and punishable by death.
Meanwhile, the Taliban have postponed the formation of a new government in Afghanistan for next week, their spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said on Saturday, as the insurgent group struggles to give shape to a broad-based and inclusive administration acceptable to the international community.
The insurgent group was expected to announce on Saturday the formation of the new government in Kabul, likely to be led by the outfit's co-founder Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar. This is the second that the Taliban have delayed the formation of the new government in Kabul since they seized Kabul on August 15.
"The announcement about the new government and Cabinet members will now be made next week," Mujahid said without giving further details.
Khalil Haqqani, a member of a committee constituted by the Taliban to negotiate talks with different groups over the formation of the government, said the Taliban's bid to form a broad-based government in Kabul acceptable to the world, in fact, is causing the delay.
"The Taliban can form a government of their own but they are now focussing to have an administration in which all parties, groups and sections of the society have proper representation," he said, acknowledging that "the Taliban alone will not be acceptable to the world."
Former Afghan premier and head of Jamiat e Islami Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and brother of former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who have announced their support to the Taliban, will be given representation in the Taliban government, he said.
The Taliban are also in the process of negotiating with other stakeholders to seek their support for their government, he added.
(With PTI inputs)