Report by JENIFERLAMUG
A preliminary investigation is carried by local officials in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday after schoolgirls and some teachers fell ill of suspected poisoning. Authorities blamed the incident to radicals who opposed education for girls, reports BBC.
After drinking from the school’s water supply in Takhar, the victims, aged 14-30, complained of nausea, dizziness and headaches. About 40 girls were discharged after being treated and 100 more students including female teachers remained in the hospital.
An education official in Kabul reportedly sent a water sample to a laboratory for analysis. He believed the water had been poisoned by “narrow-minded people” who opposed to female education saying “it was intentional.”
Since the reign of the Taliban government from 1996-2001, women’s right to education was banned and considered un-Islamic. In the past, some hardline Islamists have thrown acid in the faces of women and girls while on their way to school.
After the fall of the insurgent group, most females returned to school.