THE Taliban Islamic movement in Afghanistan has stoned to death a
young woman for adultery, according to the official Radio Shariat in Kabul.
It said the woman, identified only as Jamila, had been caught trying to flee with her
lover from her home in a village in the eastern Laghman province by her husband,
Aminullah. Aminullah shot dead his rival, Abdullah, and was sentenced to 12 years in
prison, said the broadcast.
It did not say who cast the stones, or whether the execution was carried out in public.
Under the Taliban's Islamic decrees, any woman found in the company of a male stranger is
guilty of a crime punishable by death.
This is the second case of death by stoning recorded since the Taliban emerged as a
significant force. In the first, a
couple were found guilty of adultery by a court in Kandahar, the Islamic movement's
southern base, and killed before a large crowd. Observers think that because of poor
communications other stonings may have gone unreported.
"By publicising this sort of act, though its may be within its rights under
Islamic law, the Taliban does its cause of trying to win international recognition no
good," said a spokesman at the regional United Nations office in Islamabad, the
Pakistani capital. The militants, the spokesman said, "are only hurting
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