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Three women among dozen publicly flogged in Afghanistan - Taliban official

Headlines 09:25 24 Nov, 2022
Twelve people, including three women, have been flogged in front of thousands of onlookers at a football stadium in Afghanistan
Three women among dozen publicly flogged in Afghanistan - Taliban official

The group were guilty of "moral crimes" including adultery, robbery and gay sex, a Taliban official told, Qazet.az reports citing the BBC.

This is thought to be the second time in a month the Islamist group has carried out public lashings.

The move could signal a return to the hard-line practices seen in the previous Taliban rule in the 1990s.

Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for Logar region in eastern Afghanistan, where the lashings happened, said that all three women were freed after they were punished. Some of the men were jailed, he said, but it is not clear how many.

The men and women received between 21 and 39 lashes each. The maximum number a person can receive is 39, another Taliban official said.

Nineteen people were also punished last week in a similar 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.

This interpretation of Islamic law includes public executions, public amputations and stoning - although exact crimes and corresponding punishments have not been officially defined by the Taliban.