Afghanistan is looking to bring back one of its most appalling forms of punishment — what was once a common symbol of Taliban rule.
When this video surfaced two years ago showing a couple getting stoned death by hundreds of their neighbors, it sparked an uproar outside of Afghanistan. (Via BBC)
But within the country, Afghanistan’s justice ministry is considering making public stoning a legal punishment for convicted adulterers. (Via Amnesty International)
Under a draft plan obtained by The Telegraph, unmarried men and women found to be cheating on their partners could be subject to 100 lashings. For married adulterers, the punishment would be public stoning.
The Afghan Ministry of Justice says the draft penal code still needs about two more years of work before it gets submitted for review. Still, its director of legislation defended the plan, telling The Wall Street Journal, "The Islamic Sharia instructs us to do so … There is a verse in the Quran about it."
Written By: Elizabeth Hagedorn
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