A new video has emerged online of a woman being publically executed by the Taliban in Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan. Contradicting reports say that the woman was accused of either killing her husband or committing adultery in the province, which borders Tajikstan in the country’s northern frontier.
She was reportedly convicted in an informal court and the images will bring back memories of the 1990s when public executions of women was commonplace during the Taliban’s rule of Afghanistan. In the past year the public executions, including stonings and beatings, of women have taken place.
The video was reportedly shot in March or April in Khanqa village in the Aqcha district. The footage shows the woman being forced to kneel in a desert before she is shot in the back of the head.
A Taliban militant, who has his face covered with a scarf shoots the woman with an AK-47 rifle after the verdict was declared. The Taliban and local officials have not commented on the execution as yet.
During the 1990s, the Taliban would take woman convicted of adultery to the main stadium in the Afghan capital of Kabul where the public would be forced to watch executions.
In November last year, a young woman was stoned to death in Ghor province in central Afghanistan after being accused of adultery. In a 28-second clip, the woman was heard praying as several men throw rocks at her head while a crowd of onlookers watch in silence.
In August 2011, a woman and a man were stoned to death in the district of Dashte Archi in Kunduz province after they had eloped. A Taliban spokesman defended the incident at the time saying according to the BBC: “Anyone who knows about Islam knows that stoning is in the Koran, and that it is Islamic law.
“There are people who call it inhuman – but in doing so they insult the Prophet. They want to bring foreign thinking to this country.”
In March 2015, a woman called Farkhunda Malikzada was filmed being brutally beaten, kicked and stoned by a mostly male mob in Kabul, before being thrown off a bridge, set on fire and thrown into a river. Farkhunda’s disturbing story sparked widespread condemnation around the world and four men were sentenced to death by hanging.