Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Afghan Mullah condones the stoning to death for committing adultery

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Rod Norland and Jawad Sukhanyar

After men believed to be Taliban fighters forced a 19-year-old named Rukhshana into a freshly dug pit and methodically stoned her to death for adultery, a video of the killing surfaced on the Internet and incited outrage. One of the leaders of that presidential delegation, however, is a prominent, pro-government mullah who believes the stoning and flogging of adulterers is perfectly justified — as he made clear both in a sermon on the Ghor killing at Friday Prayer and in a subsequent interview on Friday. “If you’re married and you commit adultery, you have to be stoned,” said the mullah, Maulavi Inayatullah Baleegh, during his sermon at Pul-e Khishti mosque, Kabul’s biggest, on Friday. [link]

Afghans in Kabul protested after scenes from a video showed a 19-year-old woman accused of adultery being stoned to death by men believed to be Taliban fighters. Credit Hedayatullah Amid/European Pressphoto Agency