Unwed Couple Flogged in Afghan Stadium

KABUL, Afghanistan, MAY 23, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The fundamentalist Taliban regime today publicly lashed an unmarried couple accused of having sex, witnesses told Agence France-Presse.

Fazl Rahman and a woman identified as Nadia were given 100 lashes each at the Kabul sports stadium in front of thousands of spectators, mostly from the ruling Taliban militia, they said.

Taliban officials said a local court found the couple guilty of having sex three months ago. “Adultery is a big sin, which brings about corruption and chaos to the society, according to the Koranic reasons,” a Taliban official said.

Around 30 women, fully covered in the mandatory “burkas,” also watched the flogging in a segregated section of the stadium.

The Taliban militia, who seized Kabul in 1996, have enforced strict interpretation of Shariah, Islamic law, in the areas they control.