Woman Stoned to Death for Adultery in Afghanistan

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Kabul: In yet another heinous crime depicting he barbaric Talibanic rule in Afghanistan a young woman was stoned to death on charges adultery, officials said on Tuesday.

A video depicting the crime surfaced in Afghan media shows a woman in a hole in the ground as turbaned men gather around and hurl stones at her with chilling nonchalance.

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The woman, named by officials as Rokhsahana and aged between 19 and 21, is heard repeating the shahada, or Muslim profession of faith, her voice growing increasingly high-pitched as stones strike her with sickening thuds.

The killing took place about a week ago in a Taliban-controlled area just outside Firozkoh, the capital of central Ghor province, officials said, confirming the video which went viral on social media.

“Yes, the footage shown in the media is related to Rokhsahana, who was stoned to death,” a spokesman for Ghor’s Governor Seema Joyenda said.

Rokhsahana was stoned by a gathering of “Taliban, local religious leaders and armed warlords”, Joyenda said. Joyenda, one of only two female governors in Afghanistan, said Rokhsahana’s family had married her off against her will and that she was caught while eloping with another man her age, seen as tantamount to adultery.

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