A woman has been stoned by a group of Taliban insurgents in northeast Afghanistan, officials said Thursday.
The woman was punished by the insurgents in public in Warduj district of Badakhsan province on allegations of adultery, according to district governor.
Dawlat Mohammad Khawar said that one man was also punished by being lashed by the militants. He said that both the man and the woman were residents of the same district.
Taliban has made no comment regarding the incident.
Warduj is under Taliban control since more than a year ago.
Taliban has carried out a number executions in the past on allegations of adultery. In Warduj in particular, the group has executed four women over the past two years.
The latest incident comes as violence against women has jumped by more than eight percent in the country amid deterioration of security, according to the country’s top rights group.
“It is a crime. It is extrajudicial trial. According the Constitution of Afghanistan, no one is allowed to address people’s cases (except authorities),” said Abdul Ahad Farzam, the zonal head of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission in Kabul.