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VIDEO: Taliban publicly execute woman accused of adultery near Kabul
In a rare public punishment by Afghanistan's Taliban, an insurgent of the hardline movement shot dead a woman five times as she was allegedly accused of adultery
Reuters , Sunday 8 Jul 2012
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Taliban execute woman accused of adultery . (File Photo: Internet)

A man Afghan officials say is a member of the Taliban shot dead a woman accused of adultery in front of a crowd near Kabul, a video obtained by Reuters showed, a sign that the austere Islamist group dictates law even near the Afghan capital.

In the three-minute video, a turban-clad man approaches a woman kneeling in the dirt and shoots her five times at close range with an automatic rifle, to cheers of jubilation from the 150 or so men watching in a village in Parwan province.

"Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way," another man says as the shooter gets closer to the woman. "It is the order of Allah that she be executed".

Provincial Governor Basir Salangi said the video, obtained on Saturday, was shot a week ago in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district, about an hour's drive from Kabul.

Such rare public punishment was a painful reminder to Afghan authorities of the Taliban's 1996-2001 period in power, and it raised concern about the treatment of Afghan women 11 years into the NATO-led war against Taliban insurgents.

"When I saw this video, I closed my eyes ... The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty," Salangi told Reuters.

When the unnamed woman, most of her body tightly wrapped in a shawl, fell sideways after being shot several times in the head, the spectators chanted: "Long live the Afghan mujahideen! (Islamist fighters)", a name the Taliban use for themselves.

The Taliban could not be reached for comment.

Despite the presence of over 130,000 foreign troops and 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police, the Taliban have managed to resurge beyond their traditional bastions of the south and east, extending their reach into once more peaceful areas like Parwan.

 

HARD-WON WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN JEOPARDY?

Afghan women have won back basic rights in education, voting and work since the Taliban, who deemed them un-Islamic for women, were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001.

But fears are rising among Afghan women, some lawmakers and rights activists that such freedoms could be traded away as the Afghan government and the United States pursue talks with the Taliban to secure a peaceful end to the war.

Violence against women has increased sharply in the past year, according to Afghanistan's independent human rights commission. Activists say there is waning interest in women's rights on the part of President Hamid Karzai's government.

"After 10 years (of foreign intervention), and only a few kilometres from Kabul... how could this happen in front of all these people?" female lawmaker Fawzia Koofi said of the public execution in Parwan.

"This is happening under a government that claims to have made so much progress in women's rights, claims to have changed women's lives, and this is unacceptable. It is a huge step backwards," said Koofi, a campaigner for girls' education who wants to run in the 2014 presidential election.

Salangi said two Taliban commanders were sexually involved with the woman in Parwan, either through rape or romantically, and decided to torture her and then kill her to settle a dispute between the two of them.

"They are outlaws, murderers, and like savages they killed the woman," he said, adding that the Taliban exerted considerable sway in his province.

Earlier this week a 30-year-old woman and two of her children were beheaded in eastern Afghanistan by a man police said was her divorced husband, the latest of a string of so-called "honour killings".

Some Afghans still refer to Taliban courts for settling disputes, viewing government bodies as corrupt or unreliable. The courts use sharia (Islamic law), which prescribes punishments such as stonings and executions.

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Carol
18-07-2012 02:40am
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I am filled with disgust at seeing such an atrocity...where is their humanity...they are arrogant DOGS....who fear woman...Living breathing, Psychopathic Dogs....Cowards with No conscience...and It could happen here too...we have allowed These kind of folks to immigrate here....beware some day our Nation may also be a 3rd world Country Run by these Cowards!....very Scary!
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expat
10-07-2012 12:30pm
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excuses
As usual,if you confront the people with what their favorite in reality stands for,they find in this parts of the world a lot of excuses read sharia ruling and see,what it turns out,if applicated best regards expat
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Abdulghani
09-07-2012 10:23pm
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Why bring in the Talibans into Egypt now?
The video maybe true. It may not be. Like the case of the Suez murder of the Undergraduate walking with his fiancee. It wasn't done by Islamist elements, so say the Egyptian Police. Is this NOT another scaremongering exercise ORGANIZED to get Egyptians to loose confidence in their new President and The embattled Parliament? Freedom of expressions have its limits too. It is not absolute.
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Samb
09-07-2012 08:12pm
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time for humans is not in the same place
All humans live in diferent times. People in this world are living in cultures that have changes for centuries. Humans who live in today's world of knowledge and standards cannot understand that others are living like their ancestors - many years ago. Those that cling to the past cannot understand today's world. As we go forward, this gap will get wider and barriers will need to be build to prevent mixing time zones.
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John .
09-07-2012 07:02pm
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The Taliban
It is unfortunate , it has to be said , there is no real right and wrong in Afganistan . As people from previos generations have stated , nothing will change . As things are leading , it could end up the same here .
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expat
09-07-2012 01:50pm
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sharia
daniella where did you get your version of the khoran/hadiths/and sunna from? the sharia ruling for adultery is quite clear and is coming straight from allah,according to his prophet best regards expat
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Gail
09-07-2012 10:34am
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humanity
This reminds me why we are in Afghanistan: Gail Thompson For all the right reasons Adrian: dear God, I read a book a few years ago that brought my attention to the plight of women in Afghanistan, but mainly Kabul who where trying to get an education....everything we in the West take for granted, they have to fight for. The woman I read about had been 'married' to her husband at 13, he was in his 50's and abused her in every sense of the word.....YES we should be in Afghanistan, and everywhere that abuse human rights! It's not bullying tactics from the West, it's what is fundamentally right for each and every human being. No doubt I'll get beasted for this opinion, but it's mine and I AM entitled to it xxx
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Andalusia
09-07-2012 10:06am
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The video is fabricated
In this world of computer age, it is no longer new to see this kind of video. It is a fabricated one. Even if this video is real for the sake of argument, then it is the handiwork of enemies of Islam to create hatred against Islam & Muslims. If they are actually Taliban, they will have stoned the the woman to death according to Islamic Doctrine instead of gunning her down.
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Kristine
10-07-2012 07:39pm
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What's the difference?
What is the difference if the Taliban shot her or stone her. You just said "they will have stoned the woman to death according to Islamic Doctrine" It doesn't matter how she was murdered. The point here is that they killed her! You just said it is "Islamic Doctrine" that the person must be killed for adultry. Your religion is a religion of the devil. Just the fact that it is the belief of Muslims to kill someone for adultry is evil. If someone has sinned why is it up to the public to decide what her punishiment should be?
Tommy
09-07-2012 05:36pm
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Nothing to do with Islam
This is nothing to do with Islam. This is about the Taliban and their twisted interpretation of Islam.
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estesdaryl
09-07-2012 08:40am
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He who has not sinned...
cast the first stone. "Oh, that's right, I forgot. Taliban apparantly seem to 'know the truth beyond all truth'. No contradictions here with these, uh, Holy...what's the word I'm looking for?...MORONS! And that, is just scratching the surface.
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Andalusia
09-07-2012 08:23am
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The video is fabricated
In this world of computer age, it is no longer new to see this kind of video. It is a fabricated one. Even if this video is real for the sake of argument, then it is the handiwork of enemies of Islam to create hatred against Islam & Muslims. If they are actually Taliban, they will have stoned the the woman to death according to Islamic Doctrine instead of gunning her down.
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