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Adulterers may be stoned under new Afghan law, official says

Death by stoning for convicted adulterers is being written into Afghan law, a senior official said on Monday, the latest sign that human rights won at great cost since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are rolling back as foreign troops withdraw. Rohullah Qarizada, who is part of the sharia Islamic law committee working on the draft and head of the Afghan Independent Bar Association, said they were working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning.
During the Taliban’s 1996-2001, time in power, convicted adulterers were routinely shot or stoned in executions held mostly on Fridays. Women were not permitted to go out on their own, girls were barred from schools and men were obliged to grow long beards.
Providing fresh evidence popular support for the brutal punishment has endured, two lovers narrowly escaped being stoned in Baghlan province north of Kabul, but were publicly shot over the weekend instead, officials said. “While they were fleeing, suddenly their car crashed and locals arrested them. People wanted to stone them on the spot but some elders disagreed,” the provincial head of women’s affairs, Khadija Yaqeen, told Reuters on Monday. “The next day they decided and shot both of them dead in public. Our findings show that the woman’s father had ordered to shoot both man and woman.” The public execution was confirmed by the provincial police chief’s spokesman, who said the killings were unlawful.

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