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Afghan Officials Flog a Man Accused of Having Extramarital Relationship

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Taliban’s supreme court on Thursday announced that a man accused of having extramarital relationship was publicly flogged in eastern Paktika province.

The whipping took place in Mata Khan district of eastern Paktika province on June 22, according to official sources. The accused criminal confused to his crime at the provincial court proceedings, the statement said.

The statement further added that some high-ranking Taliban officials including Chief Justice of Paktika province and a considerable number of people participated the flogging.

Previously, the high court to Faryab province had announced that four men and two women had been sentenced to public lashing for having illicit relationship and drinking alcohol.

Meanwhile, Taliban’s Supreme Leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada on Tuesday in new decree asked the Islamic Emirate members that no single individual should be punished without the courts’ order.  

According to the new decree, only official courts have the authority to determine the sentence of the criminals and punish them accordingly.

Such public punishments were common during the Taliban’s previous period in power from 1996 to 2001. Since the militant group regained power in August 2021, they meted out such public punishments including, stoning, flogging and public execution in different parts of Afghanistan.