The exact location and time of the incidents have not been confirmed. But one thing is certain: The brutal scenes occurred under the Taliban regime, which has been using its medieval Sharia law since the takeover of power in Afghanistan in mid-August – in broad daylight, in the middle of the street, in front of everyone’s eyes. The new old rulers also publicly punish defenseless women. This after assurances to govern fairer and more just than before.
Similar barbaric scenes are known in the Arab and Islamic world, for example in Iran and Saudi Arabia, where people are sometimes even publicly executed. Sharia breakers were also publicly executed under the first Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001, including in the football stadium in Kabul.
No public executions have been documented since the radical Islamists retook Afghanistan. But recently several people were whipped by Taliban thugs on the street. Including two women and a man.
“Life under the whip of the Taliban”
Afghan journalist Akram Gizabi posted a video on Twitter of a demonstrator in Kabul being whipped by a Taliban. His comment on this: “This is the new Afghanistan, a life under the whip of the Taliban. 25 years ago, people experienced the same treatment with flesh and bones. Thanks to the misfortunes of the US and NATO, they face the same horror. “
Ahmad Shah Mohibi, a former advisor to the US occupiers, shows scenes on Twitter of a woman being flogged in front of the Taliban. In addition, his words: “Afghan woman screams in front of the Taliban who whipped her in public.” The whole world could see the real face of the Taliban and its human rights violations and war crimes.
Mohibi shares one on Twitter another street scene in Kabul. The journalist Sulaiman Hakemy, who reports for the New York Times, the BBC and other Western media, filmed them. A man is chained to a traffic sign with an iron bar.
Brutal retaliatory justice
The man screams and writhes under the blows of his tormentors. He wants to tear himself away, collapses. And is pulled up again. And whipped. Bystanders also kick and beat him. Laughter can be heard in the crowd. Somebody has to hold the road sign. A Taliban in a turban holds the iron bar so that the tormentor can better whip the victim.
The publicly tortured person is said to be a thief. He stole a cell phone. The Islamic Sharia provides for retaliatory justice with draconian corporal punishment for offenses: flogging, but also amputations and stoning.
The public execution of the sentences is not only intended to punish and humiliate the victim. Such scenes are also considered entertainment in the strict Islamic world – and serve as a deterrent. (kes)