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Twelve flogged at Afghan football stadium
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November 23, 2022 3:58 pm
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This is in addition to the Iranian "protests" that are striking all over that country.

Twelve people, including three women, have been flogged in front of thousands of onlookers at a football stadium in Afghanistan.

The group were guilty of "moral crimes" including adultery, robbery and gay sex, a Taliban official told the BBC.

This is thought to be the second time in a month the Islamist group has carried out public lashings.

The move could signal a return to the hard-line practices seen in the previous Taliban rule in the 1990s.

Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for Logar region in eastern Afghanistan, where the lashings happened, said that all three women were freed after they were punished. Some of the men were jailed, he said, but it is not clear how many.

Nineteen people were also punished last week in a similar flogging in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan, reports say.

The flogging in Logar province comes a week after the Taliban's supreme leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, ordered judges to enforce punishments for certain crimes in line with the group's strict reading of Islamic Sharia law.

This interpretation of Islamic law includes public executions, public amputations and stoning - although exact crimes and corresponding punishments have not been officially defined by the Taliban.

The supreme leader's order is the latest sign that the Taliban is taking a tougher stance on rights and freedoms; after promising to rule more moderately when they took power last year.

During their rule from 1996-2001, the Taliban were condemned for regularly carrying out punishments in public, including floggings and executions at the national stadium in Kabul.

The government also vowed that they would not repeat the brutal repression of women; but since the group's return to rule women's freedoms have been severely curbed and a number of women have been beaten for demanding rights.


Women beaten for demanding their rights
"We want equal rights, we want women in government," dozens of female protesters chanted as they marched down a street in Kabul on Wednesday.

A day earlier, the Taliban had announced their interim cabinet of ministers. There are no women in it, and they've also abolished the women's affairs ministry.

"We cannot accept this, and that's why we came out," Sara (name changed) told the BBC. It was the second demonstration she was participating in over the past week.

"We were marching peacefully. Then I saw 4-5 vehicles with about 10 Taliban fighters in each of them, following us," said Jia (name changed), another protester.

The women say they were stopped, lashed with whips, and beaten with batons that emit electric shocks.

"They struck my shoulder twice. I could feel pain all over my body. It still hurts and I can't move my arm," Jia said. "They also used a lot of bad words and abused us. It's too shameful for me to repeat the names they called us."

"We were all beaten. I was also hit. They told us to go home saying that's where a woman's place is," said Sara. Her phone was knocked out of her hand by a Taliban fighter when she tried to film them stopping the protest.


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