Returning to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban plans to revive the practice of corporal punishment. This follows from an interview with one of the founders of the Taliban, Mullah Nuruddin Turabi, to the Associated Press.
When the Taliban were in power in Afghanistan the previous time – in 1996-2001 – they practiced corporal punishment and public executions in stadiums. For example, those accused of theft were cut off their hands, and the murderers were shot in the head by the relatives of their victims.
Turabi, who ran the ministry of promoting virtue and preventing vice (acting as a religious police) during the previous Taliban reign, said corporal punishment would be returned to Afghanistan. But it has not yet been decided whether they will be public.
“Chopping off the hands is necessary for safety,” Turabi said, noting that it has a deterrent effect.
“Everyone criticized us for punishments in the stadium, but we never said anything about their laws and punishments. Nobody will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and will establish our laws based on the Koran, ”Turabi said.