Taliban conducts first public flogging in football stadium since 90s

Fourteen people were publicly lashed in a football stadium in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the first time that the Taliban invited Afghans to witness brutal corporal punishment in sports stadia since they last ruled the country in the 1990s.

The group, which included three women, each received between 21 and 39 lashes in front of a crowd of hundreds of residents in the town of Pul Alam in Logan province. Attendees were invited via social media but requested not to film the event.

“Fourteen people, including three women were lashed in the presence of scholars, authorities and people… for different sins including adultery, robbery and other forms of corruption in a football stadium in Logar [province],” said the Taliban’s Supreme Court.

Omar Mansoor Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman for Logar province said the three women were freed after they had received their lashes but that some of the men were jailed. Allegedly, two other people were separately lashed in the eastern Laghman province. 

Last week, the Taliban’s secretive Supreme Leader, Hibatullah Akhunzada, announced that strict Islamic Sharia law would be implemented across Afghanistan, which involves corporal punishments for an array of crimes.

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