A Kabul professor tore up his diplomas on live television in Afghanistan to protest the Taliban’s ban on women from higher education.
The man, named Ismail Mashal, is the founder of the private Mashal University in Kabul and also a professor at Kabul University.
With tears in his eyes and a shaky voice, he tore up the diplomas during an on-set appearance for the country’s Tolo News on Monday.
“As of today, I no longer need these diplomas because this country is not a place for education. If my sister and mother can’t study, I don’t accept this education,” he said.
He added that the diplomas were from his multiple masters and doctorates, and that they were the originals.
The clip of her appearance has since gone viral, including being retweeted by Shabnam Nasimi, the UK-based former political adviser to the minister for Afghan resettlement and minister for refugees.
“Amazing scenes as Kabul university professor destroys his diplomas on live TV in Afghanistan,” Nasimi tweeted, alongside the clip.
The Taliban announced on December 20 that university education for all female students had been suspended. This follows the government’s ban on girls attending secondary school in March this year.
It also follows many other limitations placed on women’s freedoms, including their access to public spaces. In November, women were banned from all parks in Kabul. The same month, a Taliban official in Kabul announced that women would be banned from using gyms across the country.
Women must also wear the hijab and dress modestly in public according to Taliban rules.