Executed for ‘going out in the city without her husband’

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Woman beheaded in Afghanistan

The Taliban occupation of Lati in northern Afghanistan claims another victim. The Sar-e-Pul province – which has already seen a number of public executions – is once again the stage for an appalling crime. This time it’s the murder of a 30-year-old woman, stabbed and decapitated for, according to Middle East Press, ‘going out in the city without her husband’.

Under Taliban rule, women in Lati are forbidden from speaking loudly in public and appearing in media. Going on a simple shopping trip unaccompanied by a male guardian can put a woman at risk of being killed.

Provincial governor spokesman Zabiullah Aamani said that the woman’s husband was in Iran when the incident took place last week. Sar-e-Pul’s women’s affairs head Nasima Arezo has also confirmed the reports.

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The governor’s office has said that no arrests have been made. The Taliban have denied any involvement in the murder, despite the fact that local media, citing a government spokesman as source, claim the group were responsible.

If the Taliban’s involvement is confirmed, that would make the woman the latest victim in a spate of atrocities carried out by the organisation, such as the recent attack on a US air base that left four dead, and a suicide bomber’s murder of 40 people near Kabul. The fundamentalist movement was also responsible for the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai, who went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.


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