Taliban flogged 63 people including women, United Nations strongly condemns

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday condemned the public flogging of over 60 people, including over a dozen women, by the Taliban in Sari Pul province.

UNAMA said in a statement on the social media platform X that Afghan authorities flogged at least 63 people on Tuesday. The UN office strongly condemned the incident and called for respect of international human rights obligations.

The Taliban’s Supreme Court confirmed in a statement that 63 people, including 14 women, were publicly flogged. These people were accused of being involved in crimes such as unnatural sexual assault, theft and immoral relations. They were flogged in a sports stadium.

The Taliban, despite promises of a liberal regime, started publicly carrying out harsh punishments after regaining power in 2021. They punish people with punishments like hanging, flogging and stoning for any crime.

This was also the case during the Taliban rule in the 1990s. A man and a woman convicted of adultery and attempting to run away from home were flogged in the northern Panjshir province on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said in separate statements.

Earlier this year, the Taliban publicly executed a man convicted of murder in front of thousands of people at a stadium in northern Jawzjan province. The man was shot five times with a rifle by the deceased’s brother.

Disclaimer: CricketInFocus has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.

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