Taliban carry out first public execution since taking over Afghanistan

A spokesman says the Taliban authorities have executed an Afghan convicted of killing another man in the first public execution since the former insurgents took over the country last year
Afghanistan’s Taliban administration has carried out the death penalty of a man convicted of murder in the country’s first public execution since the militants retook power in August last year.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the ruling Taliban, said on December 7 that a group of senior officials attended the execution of a man from the Injil district of Herat Province. He allegedly confessed to killing a man with a knife and taking his motorcycle and phone during a robbery five years ago.
Reuters reported that acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani and acting Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar, along with the country’s chief justice, acting foreign minister, and acting education minister, attended the execution in the western part of Afghanistan.

The Taliban took control of the country last August as international forces withdrew from Afghanistan following two decades of fighting.

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Forced Afghan Matrimony

I write about why the forced and early marriages of teenage girls are rising across Afghanistan 15 months after the Taliban shut secondary schools for girls.
Human rights activists and teenage brides we spoke to say some parents believe that marrying off their daughters protects them from being sought by Taliban members for marriage. Some fighters and leaders of the group are even seeking their second or third wives.
“I didn’t want to marry,” Khatira, a 12-year-old seventh-grader in Ghor, told us. “But my father warned me that if I refused to marry, the Taliban would force him to marry me to one of their fighters.”
Nicolette Waldman, a researcher for Amnesty International, said child, early, and forced marriages are a result of sweeping Taliban restrictions on Afghan women, depriving them of education, work, and any societal role.
“These policies form a system of repression that discriminates against women and girls in Afghanistan in almost every aspect of their lives,” she told me.


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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