A woman in Ghor province, in central Afghanistan, committed suicide before being stoned to death by the Taliban forces for running away from home, local Taliban officials said.
The Taliban planned to stone the woman who ran away from home with a man on Friday, October 14, but she took her own life to avoid being punished in front of everyone, as the Taliban had arranged for her to be stoned publicly.
According to local Taliban officials, the man with whom the woman ran away from home was a married man. The Taliban executed the married man on Thursday, October 13, the officials added.
Abdul Rahman, the spokesperson for the provincial police chief of the Taliban for Ghor, said that the incident, in which a woman sentenced to publicly stoning committed suicide before receiving the punishment, was due to the lack of women’s prison in the province’s Dolaina district.
According to the Taliban security official, the woman strangled herself with a scarf, ending her life before receiving the punishment.
Officials of the Taliban government claimed that the man and woman in the Dolaina district of Ghor province were married, but not to one another and that they had run away from home.
The reports of women running away from home have recently increased in different provinces of the country, while the Taliban government has determined to stone them to death or publicly flog them.
This comes after the Taliban placed restrictions on women, one of which requires them to stay home unless there is an emergency and they must be accompanied by a Mahram (male chaperone).
Even taxi drivers and other urban transportation services were forbidden from picking up and dropping off women without a Mahram by the Taliban.