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Brutal video of girl stoned to death with her lover by the Taliban

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Summary of a story from the Daily Mail, 27.1.11

Horrific footage has been made public of a young Afghan woman and her lover being stoned to death in front of hundreds of onlookers in northern Afghanistan (see earlier WVoN story).

The girl, Siddqa, is completely covered in a blue burkha, buried up to her waist in a four foot hole in the ground while two mullahs pass sentence before the crowd begins to throw rocks at her.

She desperately tries to crawl free before collapsing to the ground, covered in blood.  Miraculously she is still alive, at which point a Taliban fighter fires three shots at her head with an AK47, amid cries of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) from the crowd.

Khayyam, her lover, is then marched in front of the crowd with his hands tied behind his back.  He is blindfolded with his own tunic, and crouches down in an attempt to protect his body from the stones.  He is bombarded by rocks and can be heard sobbing.

Eventually he falls silent.

This is the first stoning to be documented on film since the Taliban were ousted from power, and took place in the Dashte Archi district in Kunduz, last August.

It is believed that Siddqa had run away after being sold into an arranged marriage against her will. Her lover, Khayyam, was already married with two children.

The pair eloped to Pakistan, but returned to their home village after being reassured by leaders that no harm would come to them.  This of course was not true.

They were dragged from their families’ homes by Taliban fighters at 2am one morning and put before a kangaroo court before being executed.

The gruesome deed was carried out near the Afghan border with Tajikstan, a conservative district with a heavy extremist presence.

Regional police have said those behind the stoning will be charged, despite the area remaining under Taliban control.

Police chief General Daoud told the BBC: ‘Special police investigators will be sent there, we will find them and they will be brought to justice.’

Disturbingly, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid defended the stoning.  He told the BBC: “Anyone who knows about Islam knows that stoning is in the Koran, and that it is Islamic law.

“There are people who call it inhuman – but in doing so they insult the Prophet. They want to bring foreign thinking to this country.”

How anyone can condone (and then film) the barbaric killing of two youngsters guilty of merely having a relationship is incomprehensible.  Zabiullah Mujahid, we call it inhuman because it is just that.

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