Saturday 24 August 2019

Young Afghan woman is stoned to death for 'eloping' one year after forced marriage

An image from the graphic video of Rokhsahana being stoned to death
An image from the graphic video of Rokhsahana being stoned to death Credit:YouTube/ArianaAfghan

Sarah-Jane Murphy

An Afghan woman has been stoned to death by extremists as punishment for reportedly eloping with another man.

Local officials told AFP that the woman was forced to marry against her will in 2014.

A graphic video shows the woman, called Rokhsahana and aged between 19 and 21, crouched in a hole in the ground as men throw stones at her.

Her voice can be heard praying the Shahada, or Muslim profession of faith.

The nearly 30-second clip was widely shown by Afghan media outlets.

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Local authorities from Rokhsahana's village confirmed that the footage is genuine.

The killing took place a week ago in Ghalmeen, a village near the provincial capital of Firozkoh in Central Afghanistan.

Rokhsahana was "stoned to death by Taliban, local religious leaders and irresponsible armed warlords", Governor Seema Joyenda told AFP.

Joyenda is one of Afghanistan's only two female governors.

She said that according to authorities' information, Rokhsahana's family had "married her to someone against her will and she was eloping with a man her age".

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She condemned the stoning, calling on the central government to take action to "clean the area".

"This is the first incident in this area but will not be the last.

"Women in general have problems all over the country.

"The man with whom she was eloping has not been stoned," Joyenda said.

Police chief Mustafa Mohseni said that the incident happened in a area controlled by the Taliban, confirming that it was the first such incident "this year".

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