According to Taliban local officials in Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan, three people—two men and one woman—were reportedly flogged publicly for committing adultery.
The newsletter of the Taliban governor’s office in Nangarhar province states that these three individuals, who shared a residence, were tried and sentenced after being detained on suspicion of having an illegal sexual relationship.
Each of these three people reportedly received 39 lashes in public, according to the publication.
The newsletter about the implementation of this sentence states that “they were flogged in front of people in public so that it would serve as a lesson to others.”
As for flogging, the Taliban has previously flogged people accused of adultery, fornication and theft in the southern province of Kandahar.
Nearly a month ago, three individuals in the province of Kandahar were subjected to 39 flogs for allegedly committing adultery and theft.
Public executions and public floggings, in the opinion of an Afghan legal scholar, are inevitable as a result of the Taliban’s reforms to Afghanistan’s justice system, which are based on their strict interpretation of Islamic law, particularly when it comes to “crimes against God.”
Human Rights Watch, on the other hand, sees the Taliban’s Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice as a “notorious symbol of abuse”, especially for Afghan women and girls.
Adultery, also known as extramarital sex, is viewed as a breach of the matrimonial bond and is one of the major offenses decried by Allah in the Muslim holy book, the Quran.