A 33-year-old Afghan woman named Khatera was attacked by three men on a motorcycle for working outside her home. She had just joined the job as a police officer in the crime branch in Ghazni. The men shot at her and stabbed a knife into her eyes.

Talking to news agency Reuters, Khatera said it was all dark when she woke up in a hospital after the attack.

“I asked the doctors, why I can’t see anything? They told me that my eyes are still bandaged because of the wounds. But at that moment, I knew my eyes had been taken from me,” she said.

Khatera as well as the local authorities have blamed the Taliban militants for the attack. However, the Taliban militants allege that the attack was planned by her father, who opposed her for getting a job.

“I wish I had served in police at least a year. If this had happened to me after that, it would have been less painful. It happened too soon … I only got to work and live my dream for three months,” she told Reuters.

Women right activists from the region believe that Khatera’s independent job as a police officer could have angered the Taliban.

“Though the situation for Afghan women in public roles has always been perilous, the recent spike in violence across the country has made matters even worse,” Amnesty International’s Afghanistan campaigner Samira Hamidi said.

“The great strides made on women’s rights in Afghanistan over more than a decade must not become a casualty of any peace deal with the Taliban,” she added.