A recent video has been circulating that displays the public execution of an Afghan woman, near Kabul, Afghanistan. Her crime? She has allegedly committed adultery. Her accuser, judge, jury and executioner stood with an automatic assault rifle and shot the woman in the head several times before she fell over from a knelt position.
The name of this woman is unknown. In the video, she is kneeling in front of a pond. She appears to have accepted the sentence handed down by the Taliban fighters and has her back to the onlookers. After the shooting, the audience broke out in cheers and shouts of satisfaction with the woman's public execution. "Long live the Afghan mujahideen! (Islamist fighters)", a name the Taliban use for themselves.
The Taliban fighter who pulled the trigger is noticeably apprehensive about approaching the woman, due to Muslim beliefs concerning adultery. "Allah warns us not to get close to adultery because it's the wrong way," another man says as the shooter gets closer to the woman. "It is the order of Allah that she be executed". Though the adultery has not been officially "proven," a group of Afghan men have only to voice the accusation for action to be taken.
Though the United States' invasion of 2001 into Afghanistan has stifled some Taliban activity, crimes such as these remind locals that they are still in the midst of terrorism. This woman was shot in an area that has been mostly peaceful. Parwan, a province outside of Kabul, is home to roughly 560,000 residents. The new Provincial Governor, Basir Salangi was outraged by the actions of these Taliban fighters. "When I saw this video, I closed my eyes ... The woman was not guilty; the Taliban are guilty," Salangi told Reuters.