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NDTV, New Delhi, India, 25 September 2012
Five arrested for flogging of Afghan girl: Official
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Kabul: Police in Afghanistan have arrested five people
over the public flogging of a 16-year-old girl for allegedly
having an affair, an official said on Tuesday.
The girl, who has been named only as Sabera, was whipped 100
times in front of village elders and family members in Jaghuri
district of Ghazni province on September 9 and is said to be in
"Police have arrested five people in connection with the
case. We are investigating and we will soon be able to find who
is the main person behind it," interior ministry deputy
spokesman Najeeb Danish said.
The flogging was reportedly ordered by a cleric. The girl's
alleged boyfriend was fined $1,600.
Afghanistan is an extremely conservative Muslim country, where
unmarried girls are often confined to the home and forbidden from
maintaining any contact with men outside the immediate family.
Public executions and flogging of alleged adulterers were common
under the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.
Although significant progress has been made on women's rights
since a US-led invasion brought down the Taliban, many fear those
gains are under threat as NATO troops leave and Kabul seeks peace
with Islamist insurgents.
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