August 15th, 2011 Headsman
On this date last year, the Taliban carried out the public stoning of an adulterous couple who had attempted to elope in northern Afghanistan.
“Even family members were involved,” the New York Times reported, “both in the stoning and in tricking the couple into returning after they had fled.”
as a Taliban mullah prepared to read the judgment of a religious court, the lovers, a 25-year-old man named Khayyam and a 19-year-old woman named Siddiqa, defiantly confessed in public to their relationship. “They said, ‘We love each other no matter what happens,'” [local farmer Nadir] Khan said.
The executions were the latest in a series of cases where the Taliban have imposed their harsh version of Shariah law for social crimes, reminiscent of their behavior during their decade of ruling the country. In recent years, Taliban officials have sought to play down their bloody punishments of the past, as they concentrated on building up popular support.
“We see it as a sign of a new confidence on the part of the Taliban in the application of their rules, like they did in the ’90s,” said Nader Nadery, a senior commissioner on the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. “We do see it as a trend. They’re showing more strength in recent months, not just in attacks, but including their own way of implementing laws, arbitrary and extrajudicial killings.”
Warning: Mature Content. It’s two filmed stonings, after all.
On this day..
- 1741: Juan de la Silva, Spanish Negro - 2016
- 1817: Four arsonists in the rain - 2015
- 1714: Constantine Brancoveanu and his sons - 2014
- 1812: William Booth, forger - 2013
- 1941: Josef Jakobs, the last executed in the Tower of London - 2012
- 2004: Atefah Rajabi Shalaaleh, schoolgirl - 2010
- 1986: The Stoning of Soraya M - 2009
- 1963: Henry John Burnett, Scotland's last hanging - 2008
Entry Filed under: 21st Century,Afghanistan,Borderline "Executions",Capital Punishment,Death Penalty,Execution,Gruesome Methods,Known But To God,Mature Content,Public Executions,Ripped from the Headlines,Scandal,Sex,Stoned,Summary Executions,Women