Afghan TV anchor Beheshta Arghand accumulated her breath and changed her headscarf to look more like a customary skintight hijab when a Taliban official appeared, excluded, in her studio, requesting to be met.
It was just two days after the gathering took over Kabul. She peered down at her body to be certain that no different parts were appearing and began terminating her inquiries.
Her live meeting stood out as truly newsworthy all throughout the planet as she turned into the primary Afghan female columnist to test an individual from the hardline gathering.
"[Luckily] I generally wear long garments in the studio since we have various individuals with various personalities," the 23-year-old told Reuters in Doha, where she has lived since escaping Afghanistan on August 24 with the assistance of Nobel Prize victor Malala Yousafzai.
"Ladies — Taliban they don't acknowledge. At the point when a gathering of individuals don't acknowledge you as a human, they have some image in their brain of you, it's truly challenging," she said.
The meeting, part of a more extensive Taliban media crusade, meant to show a more moderate face as they guaranteed they would regard ladies' privileges and remember other Afghan groups for a force sharing arrangement.
Arghand had as of now been on set in the studio when the Taliban official showed up.
"I saw that they came [to the TV station]. I was stunned, I lost my control … I said to myself that perhaps they came to inquire as to for what reason did I go to the studio," she added.
It was about seven days before her life transformed into a bad dream, she said.
She said the Taliban requested her manager Tolo News to implement that all ladies should wear a hijab — intently covering their heads however leaving the face revealed — and therefore suspended female anchors in different stations.
She said the gathering likewise requested that neighborhood media quit discussing their takeover and their standard.
"At the point when you can't [even] pose simple inquiries, how might you be a columnist," Arghand said.
A considerable lot of her partners had effectively left the country by then in spite of Taliban confirmations that the opportunity of the media was working on consistently and that ladies would approach schooling and work.
She was soon to follow, alongside her mom, sisters and siblings. They joined the huge number of outsiders and Afghan nationals who partook in the tumultuous US-drove clearing.
"I called Malala and inquired as to whether she can work on something for me," she said. She said Yousafzai, who she had talked with, assisted with getting her on Qatar's rundown of evacuees.
Yousafzai, who has talked about her anxiety for the security of ladies and young ladies specifically after the takeover, endure being fired by a shooter of the restricted Tehreek-I-Taliban Pakistan in 2012 after she was focused on for her mission against the collective endeavors' to deny ladies training.
Thinking back, Arghand said she understood the amount she adored her nation and a calling she picked over the protests of her family.
"At the point when I sat in the plane, I revealed to myself that now you have nothing," she said.