Afghan Taliban Stone Couple to Death for ‘Affair’
August 16, 2010
(ChattahBox)—A report of a stoning in a rural Afghanistan village, is another chilling reminder of the increasing influence of the Taliban, despite a surge in troops to combat the insurgents. The Telegraph is reporting that a couple were stoned to death under a Taliban-imposed punishment under Sharia law for having an extra-marital affair. The brutal stoning comes on the heels of a recent public flogging and execution of a pregnant widow for committing “adultery.”
The Telegraph’s report is based on statements from the governor and a resident of the province where the stoning took place. The paper also claims an unnamed Taliban commander has confirmed the public stoning:
“The 23-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were killed because “they had an affair,” said Mohammad Ayob, the governor of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province.
‘”Two people were stoned to death by Taliban in Mullah Quli village late yesterday,”‘ he said. [...]
Resident Abdul Satar, claims 100 Taliban members bound the couple’s hands, forcing them to stand in a field, while insurgents and some residents stoned the man and woman to death. The man was said to be married and the woman was allegedly engaged.
“The Taliban convicted both to stoning to death, some from the crowd started throwing stones at the couple until they died,” Mr Satar said.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/isafmedia/”Taliban insurgents turn themselves in to Afghan National Security Forces at a forward operating base in Puza-i-Eshan. Their defections come in the midst of Operation Taohid II, and Afghan-led operation designed to defeat the insurgency, provide humanitarian supplies to the people, and enable development projects in the area.