Uruzgan court orders youth whipped in public
TARINKOT (Pajhwok): A district court on Thursday ordered a young man to be whipped in public on adultery charge in the Gezab district of central Uruzgan province.
The 25-year old, Imran Shah, had himself appeared before the court to confess to his illicit relations with his 18-year-old cousin.
The judge, Abdul Razaq, said the couple, who came to Gezab district, had willingly accepted their punishment under Islamic law.
He said Imran Shah had been living with his uncle and wanted to marry his cousin but his uncle refused and engaged her daughter to another person.
He said the accused girl would be punished after giving birth to her child. But he did not rule if the girl would receive the same lashes given to her lover.
“Courts and judges have no good reputation in the country, but this case proves courts still implement Islamic law,” said Razaq.
Imran Shah was given 100 lashes on his back and bottom with his hands cuffed and a person holding him during the flogging.
Shah was in stable condition but was taken to hospital for a medical check-up.
Imran Shah told Pajhwok Afghan News he was in love with his cousin but her father refused to let her marry him.
“I have been living with my uncle since I don’t have my own house. I sought her hand, but the uncle refused and engaged her to someone else.”
He admitted to illicit relations with her cousin, which made her pregnant and said they both decided to surrender before a court in Tarinkot.
“We will marry soon after she is punished,” the lover said of his future intention.
Sardar Mohammad, who witnessed the punishment, appreciated the court decision and said illicit activities could be reduced with such decisions.
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