Taliban lash 12 people before stadium crowd in Afghanistan


The Taliban lashed three women and nine men in front of hundreds of spectators in a provincial sports stadium Wednesday, signaling the religious extremist group’s resumption of a brutal form of punishment that was a hallmark of their rule in the 1990s.

The office of the governor of Logar province, south of the capital of Kabul, invited “honorable scholars, mujahideen, elders, tribal leaders and local people” to the stadium in the town of Pul Alam in Logar. The invitations for the 9 a.m. event were extended via social media.

Those being punished received between 21 and 39 lashes each, after being convicted in a local court of theft and adultery, said an official in the governor’s office who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to share details with the media.

The official said hundreds of people attended the lashings and that a ban was imposed on taking photos and video.

Such public lashings, as well as public executions and stonings for purported crimes, were common during the first period of Taliban rule, from 1996 until 2001 when the militants were driven out in a U.S.-led invasion.

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

In the immediate aftermath of their second takeover of the country, the Taliban promised to be more moderate and allow for women’s and minority rights. Instead, they have restricted rights and freedoms, including a ban on girl’s education beyond the sixth grade.

The first confirmed public lashing since last year’s Taliban takeover took place Nov. 11, when 19 men and women received 39 lashes each for alleged theft, adultery and running away from home.

The resumption of the practice underscored the Taliban’s intention of sticking to their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Sharia.

The former insurgents have struggled in their transition from warfare to governing amid an economic downturn and the international community’s withholding of official recognition.

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One has to wonder what is more barbaric, lashing someone in public or people going to a stadium to watch others get lashings. It is almost as if they deserve each other. Now what would be worth reporting is if the Taliban held a public lashing or public execution and nobody came to watch.

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DT, US spent trillion of dollars in Afghanistan,this what happened when people abdicate their responsibility,they had an opportunity to build an illiberal government,they choose to be corrupt instead,remind what happened in Ukraine

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The Taliban are barbaric. Breaking and lying about their own promises when they took over most of the country.

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Wallace,this what happened,when people abdicate responsibility, should the US reinvade Afghanistan

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great result of US war against-terrorism and installation of democracy-this time in Afgahnistan.

similar result in Libya.

almost suceeded get same result in Syria but rebiata have stopped you right in time.

are you still proud Mr.Biden?

just one extra thing to note -US and NATO armies have escaped from Afghanistan within days as same as US heroes run for life in Saigon some decades ago-it was just escape not any "withdrawal".better to use correct vocabulary dear journos...

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People attack western intervention, invoke incidents, fair enough. Many of those have gone to trail and offenders punished Not all but a lot, Australian troops, British troops all facing jail time, even some American troops. But who? Holds the Taliban accountable? It’s not a perfect world, but it’s ok to question what is right and what is medieval.

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Way to stay classy and win the hearts and minds, Taliban.

Nothing like beating people to make them love you, eh?

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Defintely not my list of tourist hotspots.

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Sick, evil people with despicable stone-age culture and beliefs. The friends of the devil.

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Disgusting. Treating women as property to be traded for goats when they are still children. Flogging people in public (for running away from home?) and inviting people to watch. People actually going to watch. Did those accused of theft even receive due process or was it more along the lines of "It was you what done it, right? Fess up or get double the lashes"? No need for some imaginary hell when people like the Taliban are quite capable of creating a real one here on Earth.

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The Taliban, is what a post-Nuclear War society will look like.

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