Nov 24, 2022, 10:23 am
Updated: 10:29 / 24/11/2022
Those punished received from 21 to 39 lashes. The maximum number of blows a person can receive is 39, the Taliban explains.
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The group was guilty of “moral crimes”: adultery and homosexuality. This is said to be the second public flogging in Afghanistan in November, so observers worry that the Taliban are returning to the hardline practices of the 1990s, although they promised more moderate approaches last year when they drove out the Americans, the BBC reports.
Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for the Logar region of eastern Afghanistan, explained that all three women had been released after being punished, while nine more men had been imprisoned, but it was unclear how many. Those punished received from 21 to 39 lashes. The maximum number of blows a person can receive is 39, the Taliban explains.
The flogging in Logar province came a week after the Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered judges to carry out sentences for certain crimes under the group’s strict reading of Islamic Sharia law. This interpretation includes public executions, amputations, floggings, and stonings.