Seven people flogged in public in Ghor

At least seven people, including a woman, were publicly flogged by the Taliban in the provincial stadium in Ghor province on Sunday, local sources said.

The suspects were accused of drinking alcohol and moral crimes.

The flogging happened in the provincial stadium and five of them were lashed 39 times for drinking alcohol while another was lashed 35 times and the woman was lashed 25 times, a source from the area said.

Another source who witnessed the event said that after implementing the court order, the Taliban warned that anyone committing an act that violates the Sharia would face the same fate.

Taliban has not commented on the matter so far.

This comes after at least 30 people have been publicly lashed by the Taliban in Logar, Takhar, and Paktika provinces over the past three weeks after being found guilty of various crimes including robbery and adultery.

In another incident in Bamiyan in November, a couple were lashed publicly by the Taliban for having an affair.

The Taliban’s implementation of Sharia law has sparked widespread concerns and condemnation – including by the UN.

But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid defended their decision on meting out punishments publicly and said they condemned remarks of UN and western envoys against the new practice and said the remarks were biased.