A Return to Stone Age Barbarism: Taliban Dictates Death by Stoning for Women

In a chilling throwback to medieval cruelty, the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, has decreed a horrifying fate for Afghan women accused of adultery: public flogging and stoning to death. This gruesome pronouncement, delivered via a voice message on state television, marks a dark escalation in the Taliban’s tyrannical imposition of their draconian interpretation of Sharia law upon Afghanistan.

The edict has catapulted Afghanistan back into a nightmarish reality, reminiscent of the darkest epochs of human history, where women are subjected to the most brutal forms of punishment imaginable. The international community watches in horror as the Taliban, unabashed and defiant, resurrects archaic practices of barbarism and violence against women.

Akhundzada’s message was not just a declaration of punishment but a bold repudiation of Western democracy and the global consensus on women’s rights, which he declared incompatible with the Taliban’s extremist views of Islamic law. “We fought against you for 20 years, and we are ready to fight for 20 more,” he proclaimed, signaling a relentless pursuit of a regressive and brutal regime.

The terror of Akhundzada’s announcement reverberates through the streets of Kabul and beyond, leaving Afghan women to live in constant fear of being condemned to a gruesome death for alleged moral transgressions. Tala, a former Kabul civil servant, shared her despair, stating, “Each day begins with more restrictions, more rules, more erasure of our freedoms. It’s like living in a tightening noose.”

This return to primitive and savage punishment methods—public executions, floggings, and now stonings—obliterates any illusion of a moderate or reformed Taliban governance. Their promises of a gentler rule have disintegrated into dust, revealing their true, unyielding face of tyranny and oppression.

The world’s outcry against these atrocities has been swift, with international leaders and human rights organizations condemning the Taliban’s actions. The United Nations has urgently appealed to the Taliban leadership to revoke these barbaric decrees. Yet, as the Taliban cements its power, fortified by indifference to global condemnation, the plight of Afghan women becomes ever more desperate.

In the face of this resurgence of medieval savagery, the international community is called upon to not only voice its horror but to take concrete actions to safeguard the rights and lives of Afghan women. As Afghanistan is plunged into this new era of darkness, the need for a united global response has never been more critical.