An Afghan girl stoned to death for adultery

lapidation-deroulee-y-environ-semaineTaliban rebels and warlords have stoned a young Afghan woman accused of adultery, according to local authorities, a punishment that has sparked outrage and recalls the dark days of the fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan.

A video presented by the authorities as being that of the drama, circulating on social networks, and has been broadcast on television.

The stoning took place “there is about one week” to Ghalmine, a mountainous and desert area in the province of Ghor, to the Taliban, said the Governor Sima Joyenda AFP. Ms. Joyenda is one of only two women to govern one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan, where the company is still largely patriarchal.

On the video, a young woman is standing in a hole dug in the ground, where only his head sticking out.

A man dressed in black picks up a stone and throws him at close range, and three of his companions imitate. One of the men invited to recite the shahadah, the Muslim profession of faith. The girl then said in a faint voice: “There is no God but God” before the sequence is interrupted.

Abdul Hai Katebi, spokesman for the Governor, assured AFP that the video was authentic.

The victim, named Rokhsahana, “has been stoned to death (sic) by the Taliban, religious leaders and warlords irresponsible,” responded Sima Joyenda. She said Rokhsahana was “between 19 and 21 years” and “was married to a man against her will. She ran away with another man of his age. ”

“The main victims in Taliban controlled areas are women,” said the Governor. “The man she (Rokhsahana) ran away was not stoned.”

The provincial official condemned the killing and called on the central government in Kabul to “cleanse” the area under the control of Taliban insurgents. These have, in recent months, extended their insurgency in the country and regularly manage to seize rural districts.

“This is the first incident of this type in this region and it will not be the last. Women encounter difficulties in the country and particularly in Ghor, “a very poor province, further indicated Sima Joyenda.

The provincial police chief Mustafa Mohseni, confirmed to AFP that it was the first stoning occurred in the area “this year”.

The precedent of Farkhunda

Stoning is a punishment foreseen in Islamic law for married men and women convicted of having sex outside marriage. This penalty, rarely applied in Muslim countries, was in force at the time when the Taliban ran Afghanistan (1996-2001), but is now illegal in the country.

The Taliban, proponents of ultra-rigorous interpretation of sharia, Islamic law, have regularly been denounced by the international community for the treatment of women when they were in power.

In late September, where Islamist insurgents have occupied the great city of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan, for three days, the women interviewed by Amnesty International were assured that the Taliban had engaged in “gang rape” of women .

More generally, some activists feel that the situation of women in the country has not experienced significant progress since the end of the Taliban regime in 2001, although President Ashraf Ghani has made the cause of women a priority its mandate. The proof: the death earlier this year of Farkhunda a girl in Kabul lynched by a mob who accused, wrongly, of having burned a copy of the Koran. The police officers present did not react.

In recent years, “the government did not act to prevent” acts like those that led to the death of Farkhunda and Rokhsahana insists Hasina Sarwari, an activist for women’s rights in Kunduz. Fourteen years after the end of the Taliban, “we have always struggled to enforce our rights,” she insists.

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