Taliban publicly flogs 6 men for ‘homosexuality and abduction’ in Kandahar

The Taliban publicly flogged six men in southern Kandahar province on Wednesday, accusing them of kidnapping and homosexuality.

Haji Aziz Azizi, the spokesman for the Taliban governor in Kandahar, confirmed the floggings, which took place in front of spectators inside the city’s Ahmad Shahi stadium. In January, 9 men were flogged inside the same stadium in front of a large crowd.

Accused of homosexuality and abduction, the men received 39 lashes each, Haji Aziz Azizi said.

Since returning to power, the Taliban has made public corporal punishments the main part of its penal system.

The group has been widely condemned for use of corporal punishment by the UN and human rights organisations.