Taliban reinstates punishment of stoning and cutting off hands

The Taliban leader said he would re-impose harsh punishments for major Islamic crimes, including stoning and cutting off hands.

“The main purpose is to serve Islam, so it is imperative to have a Ministry of Ethical Propaganda,” Mohammad Yousuf explained on September 13, explaining the Taliban’s decision to re-establish the Ministry of Ethical Propaganda and Prevention of Corruption. “We will punish according to the rules of Islam. We will punish according to the way Islam instructs.”

Yousuf said the “major sins of Islam” including extramarital sex, murder and theft will be punished.

“There are different rules for murder. If you know a person and intentionally kill this person, you will be executed. If not intentional, you can get punishment like paying a certain amount.” Yousuf said. “Whoever steals will have their hands cut off. Those who have sex illegally will be stoned.”

Mohammad Yousif (third from right) with officials from the Afghan Ministry of Ethical Propaganda during a meeting on September 13.  Photo: NY Post.

Mohammad Yousif (third from right) with officials from the Afghan Ministry of Ethical Propaganda during a meeting on September 13. Photo: NY Post.

The Taliban will apply harsh punishment to both men and women, although the group has previously only applied stoning to women. Yousuf said there must be four witnesses and that these people “have to tell the same story” to come to a sanction decision.

“If there is a slight difference in the story, there is no penalty. But if everyone says the same thing, in the same way and at the same time, there is a penalty,” Yousuf said. “The Supreme Court will look into these matters. If they convict, we will enforce the punishment.”

During the Taliban rule in Afghanistan from 1996-2001, the Ministry of Ethics and Anti-Corruption imposed strict restrictions on women, including the requirement that the burqa be covered with clothing and that a male relative was required. accompanied when leaving the house and not allowed to go to school after the end of 6th grade.

The agency then imposed fixed prayer times, required men to grow beards, banned smoking, banned music and other forms of entertainment such as chess, dancing and kite flying. Teams of virtuous police patrol the streets, and violators face harsh punishments such as whipping, dismemberment, stoning and public execution.

However, Yousuf said the re-establishment of the Ministry of Ethical Propaganda and Prevention “will be different from last time”, because the period 1996-2001 did not have many Muslim scholars defining the rules. Yousuf insists Muslim scholars will determine all the rules after the Taliban completes the formation of a government.

“Last time we used force to practice Islam and the rules, but this time it’s not like that. We will guide people, help them understand what is good and what is bad,” Yousuf said.

“We can use force, but we will first do it with an open heart. But if the Afghans continue to violate, we will use force.”

Yousuf said ethics police units could be re-established, but fewer than before. The Taliban will soon determine how women should dress and whether they will be able to fully attend school and work. Yousuf pledged that the schools’ curriculum would remain the same, but would remove any topics “contrary to the teachings of Islam”.

Afghanistan's Deputy Minister of Pilgrimage and Religious Affairs Hafiz Habib interviewed the NY Post on September 9.  Photo: NY Post.

Hafiz Habib, Deputy Minister of Pilgrimage and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan, gave an interview to the NY Post on September 9. Photo: NY Post.

Hafiz Habib, Deputy Minister of Pilgrimage and Religious Affairs, said on September 9 that punishment during the new Taliban rule will be decided by Muslim lawyers.

“The Justice Department will be in charge, we have the judges and they will make the decisions,” Habib said, adding that the Afghan judges were not yet clear on what legal provisions would apply.

Habib said that Islam allows women to enjoy full rights. “Women can go to the office if they have a job. Women can wear what they like,” Habib said. “A burqa is no longer mandatory, just a hijab is enough. Women should go to school.”

The curriculum at the schools will continue to include subjects such as science and math, and will be supplemented with subjects on Islam. Habib said the Afghan Ministry of Pilgrimage and Religious Affairs will form a council of Muslim leaders to give instructions according to Pashtun custom to develop the final document.

“Women will be able to join the meeting if they have the highest level of Islamic knowledge and must be a full-fledged Muslim scholar,” Habib said. The official confirmed that the Taliban carried out a general amnesty, and all members of the group were prohibited from harming or taking revenge on any Afghan. Taliban members who disobey orders will be punished appropriately.

“One of the best things about Islamic law is that everything is equal,” Habib said. “People can go to one place to file complaints and they’ll be dealt with. These locations have a leader in charge of everything.”

Despite the Taliban’s claim that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will be inclusive and diverse, the current leadership consists only of the group’s hardliners, with no women or representatives of ethnic minorities. number. The Afghan Women’s Ministry appears to have been disbanded.

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