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Woman Stoned To Death For Fleeing

Sun., March 30, 1997

The Taliban religious rulers on Saturday stoned to death a young woman who tried to flee Afghanistan with a man who was not her relative.

Under the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, a woman found in the company of a man other than a family member is guilty of a crime punishable by death by stoning.

The Taliban-run Radio Shariat identified the woman only as Jamila and said the stoning occurred earlier Saturday in eastern Laghman province. The broadcast gave few details. It did not say what kind of trial the woman received or how the man was punished, if at all. He was not identified.

The Taliban, which controls two-thirds of the country, has installed the death penalty for crimes ranging from murder to adultery to mingling with men other than family members.

Convicted thieves have their limbs amputated.

Men have to wear beards and government workers also have to wear a turban.


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