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Video shows Taliban Whipping Young Girl in Pakistan

April 3, 2009

The Guardian has a story and video of Taliban fighters whipping a young girl who was seen in the company of a man who is not her husband.

I haven’t linked directly to the video; it’s just too brutal. You can view it, if you choose, from the Guardian web site.

Rather than being ashamed of the torture of this girl, the spokesman for the Taliban reaffirms their right to take such actions. The video, rather than being suppressed, is being widely disseminated to reinforce the Taliban control over the Swat valley and to prove their commitment to sharia law, as they understand it. From the article:

Reached by phone, Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan claimed responsibility for the flogging. “She came out of her house with another guy who was not her husband, so we must punish her. There are boundaries you cannot cross,” he said. He defended the Taliban’s right to thrash women shoppers who were inappropriately dressed, saying it was permitted under Islamic law.

The Guardian received the video through Samar Minallah, a Pashtun documentary maker and anthropologist who lived in Swat for two years in the late 1990s. It has been passed between Swat residents by mobile phones.

Ms Minallah said the punishment had been inflicted within the last 10 days, following the signing of a controversial peace deal under which the provincial government ceded control of the valley’s judicial system to the militants.

“This video is being widely circulated because the Taliban want people to see it. They want to give the message that this is taking place after the peace deal because this is something they ideologically believe in,” she said.

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  1. john permalink
    April 3, 2009 11:58 am

    Of course they want the video spread. This is the exact type of absurdly primitive behavior that creates feelings of outrage and superiority in the West. The same outrage and superiority that allows the West to justify its continuing interference in the Middle East. And it is that very interference that allows the radicals to thrive by claiming oppression.

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