The Taliban, the ruler of Afghanistan, announced that it had flogged 12 people, including three women, on a soccer field, in front of thousands of witnesses.
According to an official in the movement, the individuals involved are guilty of “moral crimes”, including adultery, theft, and sodomy.
It is believed that this is the movement’s second public flogging in a month.
This may be an indication of the return of the extremist practices that the Taliban were known for in the 1990s.
Omar Mansour Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban in the Logar region, where the flogging took place, in eastern Afghanistan, said that the three women were released after carrying out their punishment, and that a number of men were imprisoned, without specifying their number.
Each of the men and women received between 21 and 39 lashes. The spokesman explained that the maximum number of lashes that any human being receives is 39 lashes.
It is reported that 19 people were subjected to the same punishment last week in Takhar Province, northern Afghanistan.
The flogging took place in Logar a week after the Taliban leader, Hebatullah Akhundzada, ordered judges to carry out penalties for some crimes, according to the movement’s hardline interpretation of Islamic law.
The recent Taliban leader’s order indicates that the movement has returned to its strict practices regarding rights and movements, while its decisions were more moderate when it took power last year.
The Taliban, during their rule from 1996 to 2001, were condemned for carrying out public punishments, including floggings and executions, in the Kabul National Stadium.
The government pledged that it would not return to such harsh treatment of people, but since it came to power, women’s freedoms began to decline, and women were beaten after they demanded rights.
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