Taliban flogs woman in public in Herat

HERAT, Afghanistan — Taliban publicly flogged a woman in Herat Province in the west of the country on charges of adultery, according to a statement from the Taliban-run Supreme Court.

The statement indicated that the woman was whipped 39 times on Monday in the Oba district of Herat.

The sentence was handed down by the primary court in Oba and subsequently confirmed by the Supreme Court of the Taliban.

This incident has drawn sharp criticism from human rights organizations and international bodies, including the United Nations. These groups have repeatedly condemned the Taliban’s methods of punishing accused individuals, arguing that the Taliban often deny the accused access to legal defense and fail to adhere to the rule of law.

In its latest annual human rights report on Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department described the Taliban’s punitive practices as “inhumane” and called for their immediate cessation.

It is worth noting that this is not an isolated incident. On June 3, the Taliban punished 63 individuals, including 14 women, in the city of Pul-e-Khumri.