Afghanistan: 12 citizens, including 3 women accused of adultery, robbery, and gay sex flogged in front of thousands by Taliban

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Kabul: Twelve people, including three women, have been flogged in front of thousands of onlookers at a football stadium in Afghanistan. They were accused of committing‘ moral crimes’ which included adultery, robbery, and gay sex, according to a Taliban official.

According to a BBC report, this is the second time in a month that the hardline Islamist group has carried out public lashings and could signal a return to earlier practices seen in the previous Taliban rule in the 1990s.

Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for the Logar region in eastern Afghanistan, where the lashings happened, said that all three women were freed after they were punished. He added that some of the men were jailed without giving a number..
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The men and women received between 21 and 39 lashes each. The maximum number a person can receive is 39, another Taliban official said.

Earlier last week in a similar incident, 19 people were punished by flogging in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan, reports say.

The flogging in Logar province comes a week after the Taliban’s supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, ordered judges to enforce punishments for certain crimes in line with the group’s strict reading of Islamic Sharia law.
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Their interpretation of law includes public executions, public amputations, and stoning. However, the exact crimes and corresponding punishments have not been officially defined by the Taliban.

The Taliban had been widely condemned for their legal practices and punishments during their earlier rule from 1996 to 2001. Upon their return to power last year they had vowed that they would not repeat the brutal repression of women, however, since the group’s return to rule women’s freedoms have been severely curbed and a number of women have been brutally punished for demanding rights.

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