FIROZKOH (Pajhwok): Local officials and the Ulema Council of western Ghor province on Sunday condemned the stoning of Rukhshana and called the action as “un-Islamic and inhuman.”
On Oct. 25, local Taliban publicly stoned to death the 19-year-old over alleged adultery with an unmarried man, who was also whipped in Awdak Ghaleem village on the outskirts of Ferozkoh, the provincial capital.
A short video clip of the stoning scene allegedly shows Taliban militants hurling stones at the girl, but the militants have so far not commented about the incident.
On Sunday members of the Ulema Council, officials from the Hajj and Religious Affairs department, the governor of Ghor, members of the provincial council and civil society activists held a gathering and discussed the incident, which they called against Shariah.
Ghor Ulema Council head Maulvi Mohammad Musa Kalim said stoning Rukhshana to death was against Islam and humanity because there was no any evidence and confession to prove her crime.
He said the decision of stoning Rukhshana had been taken by some cruel and illiterate people. “I know those who ordered the cruel act. They have no education and good character, we strongly condemn this action which has no religious or legal basis,” he added. Kalim said Rukhshana was unmarried.
Ghor’s Hajj and Religious Affairs Director Mohammad Shah Mujaidi also called the stoning a criminal action and asked the government to arrest the perpetrators and hang them in public so that others could learn a lesson.
Hamidullah Mutahid, a member of the provincial council, said some fake religious defenders ran illegal courts which were intolerable in a country where Islamic law was enforced.
He said the government should take action against the criminals and bring them to justice.
Governor Sima Joinda said the aim of the meeting was to know the stance of religious scholars over such cases.
She said stoning of Rukhshana by some cruel people did not represent Ghor people, but criminals who deceived people in the name of Islam and earned bad name to the holy religion.
Relatives of the victim said Rukhshana had studied school up to eight grade in Mohammad Rahim Shahid School in Udak village. She was engaged to a man with disabilities by his father five years ago and she was prevented from attending school.
Rukhshana ran away and her husband divorced her. But her father last year married her to a 45-year-old man Abdul Razaq, a herdsman. But Rukhshana who was forcibly married to the old man was unsatisfied.
After four days of her marriage, she ran away from the old man and warned those who engaged her forcibly would be responsible for consequences.
A number of people in Ghor and Kabul in rallied and condemned the stoning of Rukhshana and asked the government to punish the perpetrators.
President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah have promised to investigate the incident and bring the killers to justice.
Ghor Governor Sima Joinda said the killers had been identified, but she acknowledged they could not be arrested without support from additional security forces.