Came across this story, “Young lovers stoned to death”, a Reuters story in the Ottawa Sun, on August 17, 2010. Searched for the online version of the story, and came up with “Taliban stone to death secret lovers“, from U.K. Mirror. Here is the text, by Greig Box Turnbull:
Two young lovers have been publicly stoned to death by the Taliban – for having a secret affair.
August 17, 2010
The married man, 28, and 20-year-old woman, who was engaged to someone else, were arrested when their families shopped them as they planned to elope.
They died at the hands of a baying mob of around 150 in a market at Mullah Quli in Aghanistan’s Kunduz province on Sunday – the first execution of its kind in the normally moderate Muslim area.
One witness said villagers were called to attend the stoning, in a loudspeaker announcement from a mosque.
He said: “There was a big crowd, with the women all in black. The Taliban started throwing stones. We were asked to throw too. After a while, the woman was dead, but the man was still alive.
“The Taliban shot him three times. They warned villagers if anyone does anything un-Islamic, this will be their fate.” The deaths follow a call last week by fanatical Afghan clerics for a return to capital punishment under
A week ago, a woman was publicly flogged and brutally executed in northwestern Badghis province after being accused of adultery.
Despite the presence of more than 140,000 foreign troops, backed by 300,000 Afghan soldiers and police, the Taliban have managed to spread beyond their traditional strongholds in the south.
A spokesman for Nato-led forces yesterday slammed the extremists.
Brigadier General Josef Blotz said: “They have increased acts of violence and are trying to repress the population.”
They even filmed the execution, which was later released by Afghan Security Forces.
Wondered about the woman who was publicly flogged and then killed, a short time prior. I found the story, this time in the UK Daily Mail, credited to “Mail Foreign Service”:
Afghan widow given more than 200 lashes before being shot dead by Taliban for adultery was PREGNANT
By Mail Foreign Service
10th August 2010
The Afghan woman publicly executed by Taliban militants for alleged adultery was pregnant, it emerged today.
The victim, 48-year-old Bibi Sanubar, was flogged up to 200 times before being shot on Sunday – in the head and chest – in the remote Qades district. Her alleged lover managed to escape.
Abdul Jabbar Khan, security chief in the Taliban-controlled area, said the killing was ordered after the woman allegedly killed her newborn child to conceal illicit sex.
The international coalition in the country issued a slightly different version of the incident, saying Sanubar was a still-pregnant widow who was killed for alleged adultery.
Elders in the village of Quds contacted Taliban commanders after the woman’s pregnancy became known. A local official said: ‘She had an illegal relationship with a man who was not her husband.’
But he added: ‘Her husband died many years before. Then she became pregnant so, according to Islam, we gave her a very strong punishment. It was more than 200 lashes. Then we shot her.’
Afghan police said the body was later dumped in an area under government control.
Khan told The Times newspaper: ‘This was not the way she should have been punished. She should have been arrested and we would have had proof that she had an illegal affair. Then she should come to court and face justice.’
‘Justice’, Afghan style, is still relatively harsh. Rape victims, for example, are prosecuted for having sex outside of wedlock.
Under Afghan law, Sanubar would have been jailed for up to three years if found guilty of adultery, but many women are then returned to their families to face traditional punishments, including so-called honour killings.
Sanubar’s execution comes days after an Afghan woman was flown to the U.S. to have reconstructive surgery after the Taliban cut off her nose and ears – after she tried to escape from an abusive husband.
Qades is an isolated area held by Taliban militants in north-western Badghis province.
When in power from 1996 until 2001, the radical Taliban staged public stonings or lashings of those found to have sex outside marriage.
Sunday’s execution would be the second of a woman by the Taliban since they were ousted from power nine years ago.
A woman was previously executed for alleged spying for foreign forces.
The judiciary in neighbouring Iran last month suspended a sentence of death by stoning for a woman convicted of adultery after an international outcry over the case.
Then wanted to find out about the woman who was in the U.S. for reconstructive surgery after the Taliban cut off her nose and ears, as punishment for her wanting to leave her husband…
But can’t search or write any more. If anything even vaguely approximating these attitudes appears in any form in Canada or any other country purporting to respect human rights, it must be opposed in the most unequivocal manner, by the general citizenry, across faiths. Sometimes I find that people will say this is “just” the supposedly barbaric Afghanis and, as such, an isolated issue. It is not. Plus, Canadians fought and died there, for a better life for everyone, everywhere. Speaking mildly…