“People are really happy with this decision,” Mohamed Mansoor, one of the audience, told Granthshala. “Because people believe that doing so can remove kidnapping from this province.”
Corruption was at its peak in the previous government and the crime rate was high. Since toppling the US-backed administration and coming to power in August, the Taliban have favored many for swift, albeit brutal, justice under the group’s strict interpretation of Sharia law.
In another incident, when the group took over the city, two alleged criminals were paraded in front of a mocking crowd, their faces painted – a punishment favored by the Taliban petty thieves.
A little more than a month after most of the international community’s escape flights from Afghanistan, brutal brutality in Herat harkens back to the Taliban’s previous regime in the late 1990s, when severe public deterrence was common.
But even the Taliban are knowledgeable enough to know how medieval displays appeared in the rest of the world.
new book for police
In Ghazni, a strategic town on the Kabul-to-Kandahar highway, much-loved religious police are back on the streets, but instead of punishing, they are on a flashy offensive, more intent on shaking hands and introducing themselves.
On a recent patrol in the market, he gathered to encourage shopkeepers to follow Sharia law.
“Treat your women according to Islamic law,” one commander told the crowd of shoppers, “and make sure they cover themselves.”
A person nearby smoked a cigarette carelessly, which was a punishable offense under the previous government, but on this day, the police ignored the act.
The Taliban have converted Ghazni’s pink-walled women’s ministry building into the new headquarters of the Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.
When a Granthshala team arrived, they were still carrying the Taliban flag to the central office where director Mawlawi Abdullah Mohamed now sits. He said his role is to encourage the Afghan people to adopt Islamic rule and there are strict rules on how they can do so.
“we [act] According to Sharia law,” said Mohammed. “First of all, we inform people about good deeds. We preach to them and message them in a good way; The second time around we’ll repeat them; For the third time we talk to him a little more strictly.”
He has a blue booklet issued by the Taliban, which provides guidelines for the religious police to do their job.
“We follow the laws and regulations. We advise, but it is against Emirates policy to hold someone’s hand, beat them, send them a notice or send a warning letter. If someone has done this, it is a self. -Vulnerable act,” said Mohammad.
But far from public view, not every Taliban fighter is following the new guidelines and abuses are common.
At a safe location in Kabul, Wahid shows bruises on his back, which are still visible days after the attack on him. His name has been changed for his safety. He said a group of Taliban fighters stopped him at a busy intersection for wearing western-style clothes.
“I had pictures My mobile phone belongs to homosexuals,” Wahid said. Fighters searched his phone, found pictures and found out he was gay.
Wahid said that they started beating him first with a whip and then with a stick.
“They covered my mouth and told me not to make noise and if I did they would beat me even more, so I had to bear the pain but not scream,” he said.
Life was always difficult and dangerous for gay people in Kabul, Wahid said, and Afghan police beatings were also common under the previous government. But he said that now he is too afraid to leave the house and worries that he will die.
He said, “I am now afraid to dress as before, because they told me that if they catch me wearing that kind of clothes again or if I have a mobile phone with a photo, they will kill me. “
But justice only cuts one way here and, despite the Taliban’s carefully developed new image, Wahid believes the movement that arose in the conflict is still brutal at its core.
“When they were killing me, they kept saying that I am a homosexual and that I should be killed,” he said. “Their faces were very scary. They were enjoying beating me.”
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