Afghan police hunt woman's executioner

Published Jul 09, 2012 08:09am

This frame grab received on July 8, 2012, taken from an undated video which was handed over by a Qol villager to the Parwan provincial government shows a gathering of people watching the execution by gunfire of a 22 year old woman named as Najiba (not pictured) in Qol village, Parwan province, north of Kabul.  — Videograb provided by AFP
This frame grab received on July 8, 2012, taken from an undated video which was handed over by a Qol villager to the Parwan provincial government shows a gathering of people watching the execution by gunfire of a 22 year old woman named as Najiba (not pictured) in Qol village, Parwan province, north of Kabul. — Videograb provided by AFP

KABUL: A manhunt was under way Monday for Taliban militants who publicly executed a woman accused of adultery, Afghan authorities said, as outrage mounted after a video of the cold-blooded killing surfaced.

The commander of Nato's 130,000 troops in Afghanistan, General John Allen, offered to help local security forces track and capture the men involved in what he called “an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty”.

The brutal shooting of the lone woman before a cheering mob of men is shown in graphic detail in a video of the event in a village in Parwan province some 100 kilometres north of the capital Kabul.

“We have sent a police force to the area,” Parwan provincial governor Basir Salangi told AFP, adding that the government had no permanent presence in the valley.

“They are searching for the Taliban who are responsible but the Taliban, including the killer, have fled to the mountains.”

Roshna Khalid, Salangi's spokeswoman, separately told AFP the 22-year-old woman, named as Najiba, was married to a member of the hardline Islamist Taliban and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander.

“Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers in her village, Qol,” she said.

Public executions of alleged adulterers were common when the Taliban regime was in power from 1996 until 2001, when they were ousted by a US-led invasion for harbouring Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.

The Taliban have since waged an insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai.

“There has been too much progress made by too many brave Afghans, especially on the part of women, for this kind of criminal behaviour to be tolerated,” Allen said.

The video also drew international condemnation, with British Foreign Secretary William Hague saying he was “shocked and disgusted” by the execution.

“Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan,” he said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, before the video surfaced, made a powerful plea Sunday for the rights of women in Afghanistan, amid fears that recent gains for women are under threat as Nato troops prepare to leave in 2014.

Clinton, who was addressing a world conference in Tokyo on Afghanistan's future, said: “The United States believes strongly that no nation can achieve peace, stability and economic growth if half the population is not empowered.”

President Hamid Karzai's government condemned the killing as “un-Islamic and inhuman”, ordering police to find and bring to justice those responsible.

The video opens with the woman, wrapped in a grey shawl, sitting at the edge of a ditch in a village surrounded by dozens of men, some perched on rooftops for a better view.

As she sits with her back to the crowd a bearded man is seen reading verses from the Koran condemning adultery, before saying: “We cannot forgive her, God tells us to finish her.”

The video then shows a man in white being handed an AK-47 rifle.

Some local reports said the shooter was the woman's husband but Khalid, the governor's spokesperson, told AFP that he was a relative of the victim's husband.

Comments (13) (Closed)


Z.B
Jul 09, 2012 12:58pm
Would that be acceptable if she was killed with the stone?
Sam
Jul 09, 2012 10:41am
We are wasting American lives for this? Looks like the entire male population still disagrees with us; and, like the Taliban better than there own women.
Khan
Jul 09, 2012 11:57am
First of all they should have shot their own Commander and then help woman to settle down in society with respect. Then it would have been justice.
RKH
Jul 09, 2012 12:27pm
What they (Talibai) doing ?,,,,NOTHING,but destroying their own roots to become rootless.
A.KHAN
Jul 09, 2012 10:10am
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE TALIBAN COMMANDER WHO HAD RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS WOMAN? WHY DID THEY NOT KILL HIM TOO? BARBARIAN TALIBAN MUST BE WIPED OUT FROM THE FACE OF THIS EARTH AND THEIR SUPPORTERS TOO, IF THEY CANT RESPECT WOMEN THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO EXIST, THIS IS NOT ISLAM. TALIBAN HAVE BROUGHT DISRESPECT TO ISLAM.
zabardasst
Jul 09, 2012 11:44am
What about your country where you kill them in millions every year even before they are born? Just google ...female infanticide and India will come up automatically.
momee
Jul 09, 2012 10:56am
Despicable savagery.
Iftikhar Husain
Jul 09, 2012 11:56am
It is shocking and a brutal murder.
Ashir virk
Jul 09, 2012 10:46am
Its a similar to the incidents in Pakistan of throwing acids on women faces considering it as a matter of doing justice in ones own way. The plight of women are miserable in this part of the world i.e Afghanistan and Pakistan, they are killed in the name of the religion by a handful of lawmakers, who are mostly illiterate.
Z.B
Jul 09, 2012 10:18am
This is what you will get if you mix religion with state affairs.
Shama-
Jul 09, 2012 09:20am
Why this law will not apply to men !!??
Shocked citizen
Jul 09, 2012 09:47am
Barbaric in the extreme. Cannot fathom what drives such lunacy. These criminals have to be restrained. It is of utmost importance that women and children from the Taliban infested areas move out of tribal regions en masse and settle amongst human beings elsewhere even if means leaving their menfolk behind.
M.Ayub
Jul 10, 2012 04:31am
what i have heard from media and people here in kabul they have already killed the suspected person in adultery.