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Video of Taliban Flogging Rattles Pakistan - April 3rd 2009, 07:36 PM

The video shows a young girl held face down as a Taliban commander whips her repeatedly with a leather strap. "Leave me for the moment - you can beat me again later," she screams, pleading for a reprieve and writhing in pain. Paying no heed, the commander orders the others to tighten their grip on her and continues the public flogging. A large group of men quietly stands and watches in a circle around her. The girl in the video is a 17-year-old resident of Kabal in the restive Swat region in northwestern Pakistan. The images, which have been aired repeatedly by private television news networks in Pakistan, have caused outrage here and set off bitter condemnation by rights activists and politicians. It has also raised questions once again about the government's decision to enter into a peace deal in February that effectively ceded Swat to the Taliban and allowed them to impose Islamic law. The two-minute video is the first known case of a public flogging of a woman in Swat. Apparently shot on mobile phone and widely circulated in the picturesque valley, it demonstrates vividly how the Taliban have used public displays of punishment to terrify and control the local population. It was not clear what the girl was accused of. One account said that she had stepped out of her house without being escorted by a male family member, said Samar Minallah, a rights activist. Ms. Minallah said she distributed the video to local news media after it was sent to her by someone from Swat three days ago Another account said that a local Taliban commander had falsely accused the girl of violating Islamic law after she refused to accept his marriage proposal. A Taliban spokesperson defended the punishment to the GEO television network , but said it should not have been done in public. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2009/04/04...sia/04swat.xml


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Re: Video of Taliban Flogging Rattles Pakistan - April 4th 2009, 12:46 AM

I don't think I could even bear to watch the video. It sounds horrible.


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