London: Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the execution by stoning of a young couple by Taliban in Afghanistan describing it as a heinous crime.
The couple was stoned to death on Sunday for "eloping" in a Taliban-controlled village in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan, the first Taliban execution by stoning carried
out in Afghanistan since 2001.
"The stoning of this couple is a heinous crime. The Taliban and other insurgent groups are growing increasingly brutal in their abuses against Afghans," said Sam Zarifi,
Amnesty International`s Asia-Pacific director.
The stoning came two days after Afghanistan`s highest Islamic religious body, the Council of Ulema, called on the government to more strictly enforce physical sharia
punishments, known as hudood, as a concession to the Taliban in an attempt to end the war.
Under the Taliban, hudood punishments included public stoning, amputations and lashing.
The couple -- a 28-year-old married man and a 20-year-old engaged woman -- were executed for having an affair.
They were discovered by Taliban operatives and stoned to death in front a crowd of about 150 men.