Yes, We Stood Up at the Right Moment!
Even the snow beneath our feet was trying to stop us when my sister and I were walking toward our aim, leaving our mother worried about us. It was freezing on the morning of 15th April 2009, and all the way there we were thinking calmly about what was going to happen. That day we wanted to protest; protest for what we were risking our lives and honor. It was almost 9 A.M. when we arrived at Khatam-un-Nabiyeen, a religious university in Kabul, Afghanistan, led by Sheikh Asif Mohsini, a controversial politician who created the law. We wanted to stand up against the law that caused the rape of many girls which could also happen to any of us tomorrow. The words that I can never forget were not only printed on the papers but also on my mind. One part of the law was that women should fulfill their husbands’ sexual desires whenever their husbands wanted them to. Another one was that if a man rapes a girl, he can compensate by giving some money to the girl’s family. In addition, there were many other laws which completely ignored women’s rights.
We blocked the road by standing and holding the posters on each side of the road and started to move slowly toward parliament. Suddenly from the other gate of the university a crowd of both men and women came out to oppose us, which made me surprised and also feel a deep pain. It was not that much painful that the law was created all against women, but it was painful that lots of the people who were agreeing with the law were women themselves. The opponents started throwing stones at us, and my sister was hit on her forehead, which hurt her so badly that we had to hide it from our father for many days. If government forces didn’t come on time, seeing those wild men, I didn’t know what would happen to us. However, another group of them attacked on our school that caused it to be closed for a long time. We were able to get to parliament which resulted in the repealing of the law after many days. We stood up and got what we wanted, and today I am proud of myself and my friends for what we did for our mothers, sisters, daughters, and ourselves.