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.

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Feb 26, 2011 5:28 PM CST
Maybe we should all try a little cross cultural outreach here. People are different.
Aug 14, 2010 7:51 PM CDT
So when the Talliban rapes a woman as a "punishment" who punishes the Talliban for sex outside of marriage?
Aug 14, 2010 1:32 PM CDT
And, yet. We argue about a mosque at ground zero. Lets build a monument to hitler at Normandy, because he was miss understood. It is not an issue of giving in, but actually of giving up. As a country I believe that a melting pot is the symbol of diversity. These people do not seek to fit in, they want to harness our freedoms in their chains. When we as a country except this, we and what we were tasked to protect ( by those who earned it) is lost. They change for us, we accept the change and welcome them in. That simple.