Days after Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said they are bringing back punishment like execution to Afghanistan once again, four bodied were reportedly seen hung in public view in the city of Herat. Reports said that the men had kidnapped a local businessman and his son. In its earlier regime too, the Taliban was notorious for their extreme punishment and their public display, teh aim of which is to deter similar crime.
Here are the punishments that the Taliban are known for
> Execution was for convicted murderers. Reports said that the victim’s family were asked to kill the convicted murderers usually by a single shot to the head. The victims could also accept ‘blood money’ and allow the culprit to live.
> As evident from the bodies hanging, the punishment for kidnapping will also be death. In recent weeks, men have been packed into a truck with their hands tied and were paraded around subjecting them to humiliation.
> Faces have been painted and stale bread have been hung from the necks of some criminals, though their crime was not known, reports said.
> In the earlier regime, for convicted thieves, the punishment was amputation of one hand.
> For those convicted of highway robbery, a hand and a foot were amputated.
Apart from these, the Taliban inflicted some exceptional punishment during its earlier regime. A women’s thumb was reportedly chopped off because she was wearing nail polish. Public execution was also held.
So, what changes?
Taliban leader, in charge of the prisons, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi said these punishments are ‘essential’ for security. Other countries stand to interfere in these issues and the Taliban are not commenting on their law and order system. The one-eyed and the one-legged Taliban leader said this time judges will adjudicate cases though the principle will be Sharia law. All punishments will remain the same.
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