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Afghanistan: Taliban whip 12 people in public

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The Taliban whipped three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators at a provincial sports stadium on Wednesday, resuming a form of brutal punishment that characterized the extremist religious group during its rule in the 1990s.

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The governor’s office of Logar province, south of the capital Kabul, invited “honorable scholars, mujahideen, elders, tribal leaders and local people” to the stadium in Logar’s Pul Alam town. The invitations to the event at 9 in the morning were sent by social networks.

A local court sentenced those punished to between 21 and 39 lashes each, after convicting them of robbery or adultery, said a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to report to the press.

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The official said hundreds of people attended the punishment under the ban on taking photos or video.

Floggings, as well as public executions and stoning for alleged crimes, were common during the early period of Taliban rule, from 1996 to 2001, when the militants were ousted by a US-led invasion.

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After a 20-year insurgency, the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, coinciding with the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country.

Immediately after taking power for the second time, the Taliban vowed to become more moderate and recognize the rights of women and minorities. Instead, they have limited the rights and freedoms and prohibited the education of women beyond the sixth grade.

The first public flogging since the return of the Taliban took place on November 11, when 19 people of both sexes received 39 lashes for robbery, adultery and running away from home.

The resumption of the practice revealed the Taliban’s intent to abide by sharia, their strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Former insurgents are transitioning from war to government amid an economic collapse and lack of official recognition by the international community.

Source: Elcomercio

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