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Video of Afghan woman’s murder goes viral

Manhunt under way for Taliban militants who publicly executed a woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan

  • AFP
  • Published: 00:00 July 10, 2012
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: AFP
  • This frame grab received on July 8, 2012, taken from an undated video which was handed over by a Qol villager to the Parwan provincial government, shows an onlooker (left) watching a man (centre left) firing an AK47 rifle at a 22-year-old woman named as Najiba (R) as she sits at the edge of a ditch in Qol village, Parwan province, north of Kabul.

Kabul: A manhunt was under way on Monday for Taliban militants who publicly executed a woman accused of adultery, Afghan authorities said, as outrage mounted after a video of the killing surfaced.

President Hamid Karzai called the killing "disgusting and unforgivable" and ordered security forces to spare no efforts in arresting and punishing those responsible.

The commander of Nato's 130,000 troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, offered to help local security forces track and capture the men involved in what he called "an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty".

The brutal shooting of the lone woman before a cheering mob of men is shown in graphic detail in a video of the event in a village in Parwan province, some 100 kilometres north of the capital Kabul.

"We have sent a police force to the area," Parwan provincial governor Basir Salangi said, adding that the government had no permanent presence in the valley."They are searching for the Taliban who are responsible but the Taliban, including the killer, have fled to the mountains."

Roshna Khalid, Salangi's spokeswoman, said the 22-year-old woman, named as Najiba, was married to a member of Taliban and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander.

"Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers in her village, Qol," she said.

Public executions of alleged adulterers were common when the Taliban regime was in power from 1996 until 2001, when they were toppled by a US-led invasion for harbouring Al Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.

The Taliban have since waged an insurgency against the western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

Karzai said Afghanistan's suffering people were not expecting a repeat of such incidents after the fall of the Taliban regime.

"Murdering a woman who did not even have a voice for defending herself is a sign of cowardness and such a crime is unforgivable in Islam and the country's laws," he said.

The video also drew international condemnation, with British Foreign Secretary William Hague saying he was "shocked and disgusted" by the execution.

"Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan," he said.

Comments (24)

  1. Added 17:43 July 10, 2012

    The co-accused is a Taliban commander, but no accusation against him on the grounds of adultery. Why? At least, he could have used his position and status to come forward to marry her and saved her life. He is not only an adulter but also a coward.

    Sneha Stephen, Secundrabad, India, India

  2. Added 17:30 July 10, 2012

    how about the taliban commander , how come he wasnt executed?

    abdul malek, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:23 July 10, 2012

    no religion or culture in the world will allow "INNOCENT" killings... May the lady's soul rest in God's place.

    CAT, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:03 July 10, 2012

    The truth is that Afghnistan is controled by the so called Taliban and other war lords. The central government cannot even stop attacks in Kabul, how will it stop anything that's happening in remote villages, valleys or mountains? To say that Karzai has ordered a manhunt for these people is a big joke.

    Amer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:15 July 10, 2012

    it is the cruelty and unhumantarian act,& commander should also be punished at the same time at the same way. but for the record please don't tag with Islam, it is not islam to kill anyone like this brutal way. At the same time we should also not forget what so called civilized nation America did the prisoners in Abu Graib, Gunatanama bay and other jail. We should have to condemn all who have act against human either they are the americians or taliban.

    Muhammad Jahangir, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:12 July 10, 2012

    I absolutely condemn this atrocious act of the terrorist former government of Afghanistan. However, this is one life. What about those children and women who are killed every day by drone attacks on their homes. Those are not even accused of anything. United Nations, NATO, Western powers, and all other NGO's should start a campaign against INNOCENT KILLING around the world, whether is unproved execution, drone attacks on civilians, as well as innocent people being killed in the name of CULTURE or RELIGION. NO RELIGION IN THE WORLD ALLOWS "INNOCENT" KILLING.

    Kiran Imad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:47 July 10, 2012

    Really this is Era of Media, what ever media will highlight people will accept, earlier one Video published which showed Taliban lashes women in public and then it was proved as fake video. what about this....??? In all over the world (Burma, Palestine, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, and ............) thousands of Muslims are being killed.... are they all terrorist...?

    Ahmad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:40 July 10, 2012

    There is seriously very little bit of education among the people there to the extent that Islam teachings are not being properly taught over there. I just dont understand how the guy who did the " Zena " - Adultery is out there free without punishment? Who witnessed the incident?

    Samer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:39 July 10, 2012

    Why the Woman? Why did they not punish their commander in a similar brutal manner. And actually this is about every person whom these people kill without thinking that every life is precious. Please stop it for the sake of Humanity.

    Shweta, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:26 July 10, 2012

    Highly deplorable, this is unfortunate for Afghans. But media should also highlight the atrocities committed by Nato and allies. Why double standard? Hundreds and hundreds of such things have happened during last few years "please see your own bloody hands along with others.

    Amith kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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