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Taliban Punishment and Law


Talibanis an intemperate organization that comprises of Islam-extremists andultra-conservatives, which once controlled 90 percent of Afghanistan.Taliban law is contentious for their implementation of strictrestrictions and segregation, especially on women. Taliban’sultimate objective is to institute an Islamic rule in Afghanistan. In2001, Taliban lost power in Afghanistan however, the organizationcontinues to misuse its intimidation and influence in order toconquer several facets of Afghan life including people’s jobs andclothes. This paper aims to discuss the Taliban law and punishment.

Talibanlaw on women is simply inhumane. For example, Taliban receivedworldwide attention for its ant-women rules. Women’s rights arelimited, and Taliban’s law forbids women to go to work and must bechaperoned by men when they go outside (Kamel, 2015). When outside,women should wear burkas and must not dress in bright colors becausethey deem it sexually suggestive (Marks, 2012). Women are also deniedbasic health and statistics indicate that one in every eleven womendies from complications during childbirth (Hayes, Brunner &ampRowen, 2016). Taliban claims that these restrictions are aimed topreserve the dignity and honor of women. Taliban makes an obviousdisplay of segregation and sexism via their alleged laws.

Nonetheless,not just women are subjected to Taliban law and punishment. Evenchildren and men are subject to harsh punishment and oppression underthe ideology of Taliban (Marks, 2012). For example, men should keepbeards to a particular length and failure to do so is subject topunishment (Kamel, 2015). Punishments and executions are carried outin such public places as soccer stadiums. Taliban are opposed to suchleisure activities as television, music, internet, and kite flyingbecause they believe exposure to western influences threatens Afghanculture (Hayes, Brunner &amp Rowen, 2016).

Someof the punishments that are enforced by Taliban include publicstoning, limb amputation, and flogging. Amputation, flogging, andstoning are forms of torture. All these types of punishments areausterely forbidden under the treaties of international human rightsthat are compulsory on Afghanistan (Marks, 2012). These punishmentsare enforced on acts that should not be criminalized, encompassingconsensual sexual relationships between adults, as well as choosingone’s faith or religion. For example, public stoning is punishmentfor adultery, amputation for robbery and theft, and flogging forunmarried individuals found at fault of adultery (Hayes, Brunner &ampRowen, 2016).

Theinternal law forbids all types cruel, degrading, torturous, andinhuman punishments (Kamel, 2015 Marks, 2012). Furthermore, AmnestyInternational opposes the death penalty, which is the ultimateinhumane, degrading, and cruel punishment under any situations andirrespective of the execution method. Amnesty International dictatesthat all types of corporal punishment should be abolished and penalcode should refrain from criminalizing such behavior as choosing areligion and consensual sexual relationships (Hayes, Brunner &ampRowen, 2016).

Conclusively,Taliban law and punishment benefit no one, and they are neither moralnor Islamic. The organization exercises despotism via an inconsistentagenda of harsh and unnecessary laws. Taliban regulations strip womenof their basic rights denying them of education and health care. Theorganization also tries to cut off individuals from virtually alllinks with the rest of the world, for example, movies, internet, andmusic. Those that disagree with Taliban are suppressed via violence.Additionally, those that are found guilty of wrongdoing are subjectto cruel punishments such as stoning, flogging, and amputation.


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