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Young Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping with man her own age

By WITW Staff on November 3, 2015

Warning: The graphic video below may be disturbing to some viewers.

A young woman in Afghanistan, who is believed to be between the ages of 19 and 21 years old, was stoned to death after being accused of adultery, authorities there said on Tuesday. The woman was identified only as Rokhsahana and a graphic video surfaced depicting the horrors of the barbaric crime. The footage, which runs 30 seconds in length, shows Rokhsahana trapped in a hole in the ground as about 15 men — Taliban, local warlords and religious leaders — stand around pelting her with rocks. As the men viciously hurl the rocks at Rokhsahana, she can be heard screaming out the shahada, a Muslim profession of faith. Her screams become increasingly desperate as the damage inflicted by the stones overwhelms her. The savage killing reportedly occurred last week just outside the capital of the Ghor province, and was, according to officials, punishment for eloping with a man her own age — a crime seen as equivalent to adultery by some in Afghanistan. Rokhsahana’s parents had previously married her off to an older man, against her will. The man whom she eloped with was released after being given a lashing.

In addition to serving as a chilling reminder of life under Taliban rule, the crime echoes another horrific case earlier this year in which a 28-year-old woman named Farkhunda was killed by an angry mob after being falsely accused of burning the Koran. Four men were sentenced to death for their roles in that crime and several others were jailed for not intervening.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.