Taliban Flogs 12 In Football Stadium For 'Moral Crimes'; Men And Women Receive Up To 39 Strikes
Taliban Flogs 12 In Football Stadium For 'Moral Crimes'; Men And Women Receive Up To 39 Strikes

Taliban Flogs 12 In Football Stadium For 'Moral Crimes'; Men And Women Receive Up To 39 Strikes

The Taliban government has reportedly flogged 12 people, including three women, at a football stadium in Afghanistan. 

An Afgan court found the group guilty of “moral crimes”, including adultery, robbery and gay sex – which has been deemed punishable under Sharia law. The men and women received 21-39 strikes each from the Taliban.


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Second lashing incident this month

The three women were freed and allowed to go home after receiving their punishment, the Taliban spokesperson Omar Mansoor Mujahid told BBC. 

As per reports, it was the second lashing incident by the Taliban this month, signalling a possible return to practices common in its hardline rule in the 1990s. 

Such punishments later became rare and were condemned by the foreign-backed Afghan governments that followed. Still, the death penalty remained legal in Afghanistan. 

Picture shared on Twitter

Journalist Habib Khan took to Twitter and shared an unverified photo of the stadium where the flogging occurred. The picture shows a large crowd of hundreds of people, some even standing on the boundary walls.

“This crowd has gathered in a stadium in Afghanistan’s Logar province, not for a game but to watch public execution by the Taliban. Stadiums previously home to sports events are now used for hanging, shooting, stoning, amputation, and flogging by the Taliban,” Habib Khan said in the Tweet. 

However, Qazi Rafiullah Samim, a Taliban official in Logar province, told AFP that the lashings were not administered publicly. 

Taliban supremo’s diktat to judges

This month, the Taliban’s supremo, Hibatullah Akhundzada, ordered judges to fully enforce punishments for certain crimes as per the Sharia law. The law includes sentences such as public executions, stonings and floggings, and amputation of limbs for thieves.

However, the Taliban have not officially defined exact crimes and corresponding punishments. 

“Carefully examine the files of thieves, kidnappers and seditionists. Those files in which all the sharia conditions of hudud and qisas have been fulfilled, you are obliged to implement,” he said, according to the Taliban’s chief spokesman. 

Hudud refers to offences for which corporal punishment is mandated. At the same time, qisas translates as “retaliation in kind” – effectively an eye for an eye.

Akhundzada, who has not been filmed or photographed in public since the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, rules by decree from Kandahar, the movement’s birthplace and spiritual heartland.


Since 2021, when the Taliban took over Afghanistan after a two-decade insurgency, countries around the globe have been reviewing the group’s track record on human rights and women’s rights. 

Foreign governments are yet to recognise the Taliban’s administration, and many are highly critical of its move to reverse the decision – that was supposed to open schools for girls in March. 

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