Taliban authorities have publicly whipped nine people, including a woman, in Zabul province, the Taliban Supreme Court said Monday.
In a newsletter, the court said the nine people were punished on charges of sex outside of marriage, theft, and illegal marriage.
The flogging happened on Friday before noon prayers. Attendees included the head of the Taliban urban court Naqibullah Akhundzada, Zabul head of the arbitration court Fazal Rahman Fazli, and Zabul’s judicial and administrative employees, the newsletter said.
The Taliban’s kangaroo courts were common during the group’s first period of rule in the 1990s and in areas where it exercised control under the previous government.
Extreme punishments associated with the Taliban courts include flogging, stoning and execution, which are often delivered swiftly under the process.
Since regaining control of Afghanistan in 2021, the Taliban has implemented these courts across the country.
More recently, at least six people in Farah, Herat, Laghman, and Kandahar provinces have been publicly executed on various charges.