Afghan women will be stoned to death in public for adultery, says Taliban chief Akhundzada


The worst fears that the Taliban might take Afghanistan back to the dark ages might be coming true. Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban supremo, announced in a voice message on state television that women in Afghanistan would be publicly flogged and stoned to death for adultery.

He also vowed to continue fighting against Western democracy, reported The Telegraph.

In his message, Akhundzada stated that women’s rights supported by the international community conflicted with the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic Sharia law.

“Do women want the rights that Westerners are talking about? They are against Sharia and clerics’ opinions, the clerics who toppled Western democracy,” the head of the Taliban in Afghanistan said.

“I told the Mujahedin that we tell the Westerners that we fought against you for 20 years and we will fight 20 and even more years against you. It did not finish [when you left]. It does not mean we would now just sit and drink tea. We will bring Sharia to this land. It did finish after we took over Kabul. No, we will now bring Sharia into action,” the Telegraph reported, quoting Akhundzada.

“You say it’s a violation of women’s rights when we stone them to death. But we will soon implement the punishment for adultery. We will flog women in public. We will stone them to death in public,” Akhundzada boldly spoke to Western officials, in a voice message aired on state television over the weekend.

He said this shows their dedication to Islamic law, ignoring Western ideas about women’s rights, according to the Telegraph.


The Taliban supremo’s remarks have sparked outrage among Afghans, with concerns about the deteriorating rights and safety of women in the country.

Tala, a former civil servant from Kabul, expressed fear and frustration, describing the daily imposition of restrictions and rules on women.

“As a woman, I don’t feel safe and secure in Afghanistan. Each morning starts with a barrage of notices and orders imposing restrictions and stringent rules on women, stripping away even the smallest joys and extinguishing hope for a brighter future,” said former civil servant Tala.

“We, the women, are living in prison, and the Taliban are making it smaller for us every passing day,” she added.

The Taliban promised a more moderate government, and said they would be less strict when they came to power, but that wasn’t true.

However, they quickly returned to harsh public punishments such as public executions and floggings, similar to those from the 1990s.

The United Nations strongly condemned the Taliban and urged the country’s supremo to stop these actions.

Published By:

Girish Kumar Anshul

Published On:

Mar 29, 2024


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