Just today, said a government official, Taliban militants whipped a couple for getting married without their family’s approval and for eloping from Afghanistan’s northern Faryab province.
“The incident happened in the Bandar area of Kohistanat district, an area under the control of Taliban,” provincial police spokesman Karim Yurish told dpa.
After their families denied them The couple had fled to the province of Ghor in western Afghanistan but they were later brought back with the intervention of elders, Yurish said.
“On Monday afternoon, Taliban militants lashed them in a public trial,” the spokesman added.
As the Taliban expand their territory and influence, public trials, or so-called desert courts, by the Islamist insurgent group have become increasingly common in areas under the control of the militants.
According to U.S. and Afghan officials, the Taliban’s control or influence spans around 13 per cent of the country. The natives speak of a higher percentage of same.
It was rumored that on February 14, the Taliban stoned a young man to death on charges of adultery in the province of Sar-e-Pul in the country’s northern region.