Taliban administers ‘public punishment’ for alleged crimes in Sar-e-Pul

On Sunday, the Taliban’s Supreme Court reported that four individuals, including two women, underwent public punishment in Sar-e-Pul province, located in northern Afghanistan, based on charges of “debauchery.”

“In Sar-e-Pul province’s Suzma Qala district, the primary court issued a verdict that led to corporal punishment for four individuals, including two women, who had been convicted of debauchery,” the statement declared.

According to the statement, this punishment was executed in the presence of judicial officials, local Taliban officials from the district, and members of the public.

The statement concluded without specifying the exact nature of the punishment but stated, “Initially, the defendants’ verdicts were read aloud, and each received a sentence as per the decision of the penal court, with the intention of serving as a deterrent to wrongdoers and a lesson for others.”

This development is part of a broader pattern in which the Taliban has publicly administered lashings to hundreds of individuals accused of various offenses in multiple provinces.