19 Afghans lashed for adultery, theft as ‘hardline’ Taliban enforces Sharia

As the Taliban resorted to strict enforcement of Sharia, 19 people were flogged in Afghanistan’s northeastern province for adultery, theft and running away from home.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,Updated: November 21, 2022 09:48 AM IST

When the Taliban took power in August 2021, they promised to relax the implementation of Sharia law.

By India Today Web Desk: Nineteen people, including nine women, were flogged in Afghanistan’s northeastern province for adultery, theft and running away from home, as the Taliban resorted to strict enforcement of Sharia.

When the Taliban seized power in August last year, they promised to be more moderate and show flexibility on the rights of women and minorities.

However, an official of the Supreme Court, Abdul Rahim Rashid, said on Sunday that 10 men and nine women were flogged 39 times on November 11 in the town of Taloqan in northeastern Takhar province.

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The flogging for their “crime” took place on Friday, at the city’s main mosque and in the presence of elders, clerics and residents, the Associated Press reported.

On November 17, a Taliban spokesman said they would stick to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the group’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhunzada, met with Taliban judges a few days ago and ordered the implementation of Sharia law in their rulings.

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Several pictures and videos have emerged on social media since August last year, showing the Taliban punishing people. But the Supreme Court’s statement confirmed the Taliban’s fears about Sharia in Afghanistan.

Rashid did not provide personal details of the 19, such as where they came from or what happened to them after the beating. He said their cases were assessed by two courts before they were convicted, confirming the information in a Supreme Court statement.

During their previous rule in the late 1990s, the group publicly executed, flogged and stoned to death those convicted of crimes in Taliban courts.

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