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The 30-second video is difficult to watch: a young woman buried up to her neck in a hole, is being stoned by a group of men. She shouts pitifully, appealing to her killers for mercy and emphasizing their common religion. The woman, whose name was Rokhshana, eventually succumbed to her injuries.

سنگسار کردن یک دختر 19 ساله توسط طالبان در ولایت غورتصاویری از سنگسار شدن یک دختر 19 ساله در منطقه غلمین مربوط شهر فیروزکوه مرکز ولایت غور منتشر شد.مقام های محلی غور، طالبان را به سنگسار نمودن این دختر متهم می کنند.در این تصاویر دیده میشود که چگونه این دختر جوان مورد بی رحمی قرار می گیرد.این دختر جوان به تاریخ 4 عقرب سنگسار شده است اما تازه تصاویر ان در اختیار رسانه ها قرار گرفته است.

Posted by Ariana News on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

 

Rokhshana’s offense was running away from a forced marriage and eloping with a man who already had a wife. She was only 19; her lover, Gul Mohammad, is 23. He was whipped for his crime, while Rokhshana was stoned to death. Officials in Ghor say that Gul Mohammad is still in the hands of the Taliban.

The killing occurred in Ghor province, some 400 kilometers from Kabul, in central Afghanistan. It is ethnically diverse, with a mix of Tajiks, Hazara, Aimaq, Uzbeks and Pashtuns inhabiting its borders. According to both residents and provincial authorities, the region has been under the control of the Taliban for the past year.

Earlier this week, when the Minister of the Interior Noor-ulHaqUlumi, was summoned to Parliament to answer for the fall of the northern city of Kunduz.  During the hearings, he told the lawmakers that the Taliban now ha more support in Afghanistan than at any other time.

Rokhshana was stoned to death about 40 kilometers from the center of the province, in a village called Ghalmin. The residents are largely drawn from the Aimaq ethnic group; both Rokhshana and Gul Mohammad are from the area.

The video of Rokhshana’s death has gone viral; but if local residents are to be believed, this is not an isolated incident.

Abdullah Rahimi, a resident of FerozKoh, the capital of Ghor, says there have been others.

“This is just one of many other cases of violence against women in this province,” he told Paiwandgah. “Some time earlier a woman was whipped in FerozKoh city by QaziFarooqi, a prominent judge, and a girl was killed by her fiancé a while ago 30 kilometers east of FerozKoh.

Rahimi blames the government; the weakness of both the central and provincial authorities is what is allowing this to happen, he insists.

Abdul Haq, a resident of Ghalmin area, agreed.

“This shows how weak government is,” he told Paiwandgah. “Where government is not present, the area is in the hands of the Taliban, who do whatever they want. They are not accountable to anyone.”

On Tuesday SimaJoyenda, governor of Ghor issued a video statement.

“The story begins when this girl was given by her family to  man that she did not like. She escapes with a boy who was married to a teenage girl, they were arrested and she was killed viciously.”

According to Islamic law, stoning is applicable for both man and woman who commit adultery.

Though the governor did not name any group involved in this case, she said it was against Islamic law, Afghanistan’s Constitution and against humanitarian law.

“Women have a lot of problems in this province, they are being given in marriage to settle disputes, in a practice called “bad”, they are being sold and deprived of their human rights, such as the right to education.”

GovernorJoyendagave no details about the stoning of Rokhshana, but she demanded that the National Unity Government and the president take action against parallel governments, irresponsible armed groups and especially the Taliban. She wants them out of Ghor entirely, “so that women can live in peace and safety.”

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Stoning of young woman may indicate expanding Taliban control in central Afghanistan

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