Afghan official says 19 people lashed in northeast province

Nineteen folks in northeastern Afghanistan had been lashed for adultery, theft and operating away from residence, a Supreme Court docket official mentioned Sunday. The announcement underscored the Taliban’s intention of sticking to their strict interpretation of Islamic legislation, or Sharia.

It seemed to be the primary official affirmation that lashings and floggings are being meted out in Afghanistan because the Taliban seized energy in August 2021.

Throughout their earlier rule within the late Nineties, the group carried out public executions, floggings and stoning of these convicted of crimes in Taliban courts.

After they overran Afghanistan final 12 months, the Taliban initially promised to be extra average and permit for ladies’s and minority rights. As an alternative, they’ve restricted rights and freedoms, together with a ban on girl’s education beyond the sixth grade.

On Thursday, a Taliban spokesman mentioned they’re dedicated to implementing all Sharia legal guidelines.

A Supreme Court docket official, Abdul Rahim Rashid, mentioned 10 males and 9 ladies had been lashed 39 instances every in Taloqan metropolis in northeastern Takhar province, on Nov. 11. He mentioned the punishment happened within the presence of elders, students and residents on the metropolis’s important mosque after Friday prayers.

Mr. Rashid didn’t present private particulars on the 19 folks, reminiscent of the place they had been from, or what occurred to them after they had been lashed. He mentioned their instances had been assessed by two courts earlier than they had been convicted, confirming data in a Supreme Court docket assertion.

The United Nations has mentioned it’s more and more involved that restrictions on women’ schooling, in addition to different measures curbing fundamental freedoms, will deepen Afghanistan’s financial disaster and result in better insecurity, poverty and isolation.

The previous insurgents have struggled of their transition from insurgency and warfare to governing amid an financial downturn and the worldwide group’s withholding of official recognition.

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