Karzai Orders Manhunt For Taliban Involved In Woman’s Public Execution

Afghan President Hamid Karzai ordered the arrest Monday of the Taliban who participated in the public execution of a woman accused of adultery. Shock and outrage have mounted since an amateur video surfaced of a burqa-clad woman sitting on the ground while a man standing a few feet away shoots her nine times before a cheering mob.

Officials in Afghanistan, where the amateur video was taken, believe the woman was executed because two Taliban commanders had a dispute over her, according to the governor of the province where the killing took place. Both apparently had some kind of relationship with the woman, Parwan province Gov. Abdul Basir Salangi said.


To save face, they accused her of adultery, Salangi told CNN on Sunday. Then they “faked a court to decide about the fate of this woman and in one hour, they executed the woman,” he added. Both Taliban commanders were subsequently killed by a third Taliban commander, Salangi said. Karzai called on officials to track down everyone involved, including those in the video.

The killing took place in the village of Qimchok in Shinwari district, just north of the capital of Kabul. Karzai described those involved in the shooting death as “cowards,” saying “such crimes are unforgivable both in Islam and under our country’s laws,” the statement from his press office said.

The public execution is the latest and among the most shocking examples of violence against women in Afghanistan, but it is far from an isolated case. Nearly nine out of 10 women suffer physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage at least once in their lifetimes, Human Rights Watch said in its 2012 annual report.

Do you think those involved in the woman’s public execution will really be caught and punished? What reforms should be undertaken to raise the level of protection for the Afghan women?

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Iranian Woman Sentenced to Die by Stoning or Hanging

A woman sentenced to die by stoning will be executed, Iranian officials said Monday, but the method of execution is still being debated, according to an Iranian media report. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s case drew international attention after she was sentenced to die by stoning for adultery.

“This lady is accused of two crimes,” Hojatoleslam Sharifi, the judiciary chief of Eastern Azarbaijan province, said at a news conference Monday, the semi-official Iran Student’s News Agency reported. “One is adultery, which is punishable by stoning to death, and the other is assisting in her husband’s murder. She is currently serving 10 years for helping to kill her husband.”

Officials have decided to await Larijani’s decision. Since Ashtiani is currently serving time, “we agreed there is no hurry,” Sharifi said.

“What I can tell you now is that we are waiting to see if someone who has been sentenced to be executed by stoning could be executed by hanging instead.”

Ashtiani, a mother of two, will be executed as soon as a decision is reached, Sharifi said. She was convicted of adultery in 2006 and was later convicted of being an accessory to murder in her husband’s death. Her family has denied that she played any role in the death.

Human rights groups and various governments have urged Iran not to execute Ashtiani. Last year, European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton demanded that Iran stop the execution from proceeding, and British Foreign Minister William Hague called the proposed stoning a “barbaric punishment.”

 

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