Taliban flog people in football stadiums for ‘adultery and gay sex’

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The Taliban have introduced public floggings for what the group says are “moral crimes”, whipping people in football stadiums after being sentenced by the Islamist group’s judges.

A group of 14 people, including three women, lashed out before a crowd at a football stadium in eastern Logar province on Wednesday. A Taliban official told the TSTIME they were being punished for sins “including adultery, theft and gay sex”.

The group’s “Supreme Court” upheld the conviction of “14 people, including three women, who were beaten and witnessed by scholars, authorities and people” in a statement posted on Twitter.

It would be the second lashing this month, following reports that 19 people were similarly flogged in northern Takhar province.

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The wave of public punishment comes a week after the Taliban announced they will “fully implement Sharia law across the country.” Scenes such as the flogging resemble the group’s earlier period of power in the late 1990s, with public executions, stoning and other forms of corporal punishment.

This comes despite promises of a “softer version” of Taliban rule from some high-ranking figures after the 2021 takeover, who hoped to show they were less evil than the group’s previous iteration to try and avoid being caught by international power would be excluded. community. However, the empty promises have not convinced any of the countries that supported the previous government and Afghanistan has been heavily sanctioned. Living conditions in the country, which relied heavily on international aid, have rapidly deteriorated, leaving many people without access to food and basic medical assistance.

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The Islamist group’s version of the legal system is a jumble of Islamic laws and Afghanistan’s age-old arbitration customs. To justify banning girls from attending secondary school, the Islamists cited “cultural” values, as this conflicts with many Islamic scholars’ views on the matter.

The Taliban’s leadership is divided into two ideological camps: one favors rolling back all the harsh measures used in the past, and the other wants to avoid becoming too radical to prevent further economic deterioration in the country .

Taliban foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said at a graduation ceremony from the police academy in Herat on Wednesday that “the world will eventually come to a point to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan.” So far, no countries have recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government since it came to power in August 2021.

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Away from the Taliban government’s central command in Kabul, local leaders in some parts of Afghanistan have enacted their own version of laws. In the central province of Uruzgan, the regional Taliban has announced a ban on the sale of SIM cards to women, citing a lack of suitable women-only mobile phone shops.

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