A video shows a man pointing a rifle at a 22-year-old woman named as Najiba, who is sitting at the edge of a ditch shortly before being shot in the village of Qol.
The public execution of an Afghan woman in the village of Qol in Afghanistan’s northern Parwan Province prompted local and international outrage this week after a video footage of the act was obtained and published by Reuters.
Despite widespread reports that the Taliban was behind the execution, the Taliban has denied any involvement. RFE/RL’s Ahmad Hanayish and Frud Bezhan look more closely at how the former “Taliban-free” province became the target of international condemnation. Ordinary Afghans, Islamic scholars, and even the Taliban say that the recent trial and execution of 22-year-old Najiba is a crime punishable by death under the Shari’a law. RFE/RL’s Radio Azadi interviewed Maulavi Hanafi, an Islamic religious scholar who has more on the subject.
In response to the execution, on June 11, dozens of women rallied in Kabulto condemn violence against women in Afghanistan.
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#RFE/RL’s Frud Bezhan talks to veteran sports journalists and former Afghan athletes who say that sports under the Taliban flourished despite the fact that sport stadiums were notorious for public executions, stonings and mutilations under the Taliban.