Seven, including four women, jailed for sharing a house

The city of Nili, Daikundi.

Seven people, including four women, were sentenced to between 10 days and one year in prison by a Taliban court in Daikundi on Tuesday after being found guilty of “attempting to have an affair”.

According to sources, the Taliban court sentenced two women to 10 days in prison, two more to one month in prison, a man to one month, another man to two months and a third man to one year in prison.

The accused were arrested on Dec. 30, 2022, on charges of living together without having legal companions with them.

Fayiza, Gul Taab, Mahtab and Hekmat are the four women arrested in the Taliban raid. The four came from Shahristan and Kiti districts in Daikundi, but the identities of the three men were not disclosed.

But sources said that the three men had shops in the city of Nili.

A spokesman for the Taliban police command in Bamiyan, Ghulam Ali Jawid, did not respond to Amu requests for comment.

Some Daikundi residents spoke about “many cases” of “harassment” of people by Taliban forces in the province, but such incidents are not often reported as locals are afraid of reprisals.

In one case, two local sources said four soldiers from the Taliban’s special unit raped a woman in Chahardar village in the city of Nili on Dec. 26, 2022. There were however no further details available on this alleged incident.

A spokesman for the Taliban’s police command said he was not aware of the incident.

In another incident in November 2022, the head of the Taliban for Daikundi’s crime investigation office was arrested at his home on charges of moral corruption.

Two sources confirmed that Haji Hafeez has been suspended and that he is a resident of Gizab district in Daikundi.

An activist from Daikundi, who wished to remain anonymous, said the Taliban authorities should prevent such “arbitrary acts” from being carried out by its members in Daikundi.