A woman was publicly lashed many times by forces of a local commander in a village in Takhar province, in the northeast of Afghanistan, after a verdict by a kangaroo court in the province for ‘an unknown reason’, local officials and residents confirmed.
The incident took place in Chah-e-Aab district – a remote region in Takhar. The district is under government’s control but reportedly with the dominance of local commanders.
A video on social media shows at least five men lashing the 22-year-old woman in a public place while others shout at her and treat her with bad words.
Takhar officials confirmed the incident, but said it took place at least 45 days ago.
“We will act according to the law and arrest the people involved in the incident and will hand them to judicial institutions,” Sunnatullah Timor, Takhar governor spokesman, told TOLOnews.
The silence of government on the matter during this time is questioned by women’s rights groups.
Beating of a woman in an area under government’s control is worrying, said Bilal Sediqi, spokesman for Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).
“This happened under government-controlled area. We ask government to arrest the perpetrators of this incident and bring them to justice,” said Sidiqqi.
Women’s rights activists and religious scholars said such violent incident “is a shame for government”.
“Lashing and holding a kangaroo court for a woman in the area where government has control is concerning,” women’s rights activist Laila Ali said.
“Islam has allowed no one to do such an act,” religious scholar Baz Mohammad Rahmani said.
The AIHRC statistics show that in the last 10 months, six kangaroo court incidents against women and girls have been registered in the commission which have taken place in different parts of the country.