Taliban Execute Pregnant Widow for Having Sex
First she's flogged 200 times
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2010 2:43 AM CDT
Many Afghan women live in fear of punishment in areas controlled by the Taliban.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – The Taliban publicly flogged a pregnant Afghan widow some 200 times before shooting her to death for having sex. Her lover escaped. Bibi Sanubar, 35, "was shot in the head in public while she was still pregnant," deputy provincial police chief Ghulam Mohammad Sayeedi told Agence France Presse. Officials found out about the execution because her body was dumped in an area under government control.

This was not the way she should have been punished," said a local Afghan official. "She should have been arrested and we would have had proof that she had an illegal affair," he told the Daily Mail. "Then she should come to court and face justice." Sanubar could have faced up to three years in prison under "conventional" Afghan law. The Taliban frequently stoned or lashed people for sex outside of marriage during their harsh rule in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.