Executed Afghan widow given more than 200 lashes before being shot dead by Taliban for adultery was PREGNANT
10th August 2010
The Afghan woman publicly executed by Taliban militants for alleged adultery was pregnant, it emerged today.
The victim, 48-year-old Bibi Sanubar, was flogged up to 200 times before being shot on Sunday - in the head and chest - in the remote Qades district. Her alleged lover managed to escape.
Abdul Jabbar Khan, security chief in the Taliban-controlled area, said the killing was ordered after the woman allegedly killed her newborn child to conceal illicit sex.
Execution: Afghan women praying at a shrine. Taliban militants killed the widow for allegedly committing adultery
The international coalition in the country issued a slightly different version of the incident, saying Sanubar was a still-pregnant widow who was killed for alleged adultery.
Elders in the village of Quds contacted Taliban commanders after the woman's pregnancy became known. A local official said: 'She had an illegal relationship with a man who was not her husband.'
But he added: ' Her husband died many years before. Then she became pregnant so, according to Islam, we gave her a very strong punishment. It was more than 200 lashes. Then we shot her.'
Afghan police said the body was later dumped in an area under government control.
'Justice', Afghan style, is still relatively harsh. Rape victims, for example, are prosecuted for having sex outside of wedlock.
Under Afghan law Sanubar would have been jailed for up to three years if found guilty of adultery, but many women are then returned to their families to face traditional punishments, including so-called honour killings.
Sanubar's execution comes days after an Aghan woman was flown to the U.S. to have reconstructive surgery after the Taliban cut off her nose and ears - after she tried to escape from an abusive husband.
Qades is an isolated area held by Taliban militants in north-western Badghis province.
When in power from 1996 until 2001, the radical Taliban staged public stonings or lashings of those found to have sex outside marriage.
Sunday's execution would be the second of a woman by the Taliban since they were ousted from power nine years ago.
A woman was previously executed for alleged spying for foreign forces.
The judiciary in neighbouring Iran last month suspended a sentence of death by stoning for a woman convicted of adultery after an international outcry over the case.