Why we can't give Afghanistan back to the Taliban

Pregnant Afghan widow given 200 lashes before being shot in the head allegedly for adultery.

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. The international coalition in the country issued a different version, saying Sanubar was a still-pregnant widow who was killed for alleged adultery.

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.

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.

Khan told The Times newspaper: ‘This was not the way she should have been punished. She should have been arrested and we would have had proof that she had an illegal affair. Then she should come to court and face justice.’ ‘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. UK DAILY MAIL