The Taliban group again carried out the act of hanging the bodies of criminals in public. This time, three bodies of criminals were hanged by local authorities. The three suspected criminals were hanged on Tuesday (5/10) in Obe District, northeastern Herat Province, Afghanistan.
Deputy Governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir explained that the three criminals were killed for trying to enter a man’s house and trying to rob him. The suspect was reportedly killed by the man.
According to NYP, Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the body of the perpetrator was then lifted and hung using two cranes in public and witnessed by many residents, ranging from adults to children.
This is not the first time the Taliban have taken action since taking full power in Afghanistan. Earlier, at the end of last September, the Taliban hanged the bodies of four kidnappers by a crane which was shown in public in the town square of Herat.
Taliban officials announced that the four were caught after carrying out the kidnapping and killed by police.
Ziaulhaq Jalali, a district police chief in Herat, said that Taliban members rescued a father and son who had been kidnapped by the four after a shootout with the kidnappers.
“The purpose of this action is to warn all criminals that they are not safe,” an unnamed Taliban commander told the AP at the time.
One resident said Taliban officials initially took the four kidnapper’s bodies to Herat square, then they moved three of them to another part of the city for public viewing.
Taliban harsh punishment
Since the Taliban invaded Kabul on August 15 and took full control of the country, Afghans and the world have wondered whether the Taliban will reimpose their harsh punishments from the late 1990s, which included public stoning and limb amputation of suspected criminals.
Even this seems to be seen again by the citizens of the world and Afghanistan in particular. The reason, one of the Taliban officials said in an interview that they will re-implement the law of cutting hands for perpetrators of theft. And most recently, they also hang the bodies of kidnappers and robbers in public.
The Taliban themselves say they will apply harsh conservative punishments and rules, although they will embrace some aspects of modern life, from cell phones to television.
“Everyone criticized us for our harsh punishment, but we never said anything about the law and their punishment. No one will tell us what our laws should look like. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws based on the Koran,” said Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, a Taliban official.