Taliban brings back ‘virtue’ ministry, stoning and amputations for ‘major sins’
The Taliban’s reinstatement of the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – which was abolished following the US occupation – sent a collective shudder through many Afghans, who remembered it for its strict interpretation of Islamic Law.
“The main purpose is to serve Islam. Therefore, it is compulsory to have Ministry of Vice and Virtue,” Mohammad Yousuf, who says he is around 32 years old and responsible for the “central zone” of Afghanistan, tells declared from inside his Kabul office on Monday. “We will punish as per the Islamic rules. Whatever Islam guides us, we will punish accordingly.”
Actions will be taken on the “major sins of Islam,” such as sexual intercourse outside marriage, killing someone, and theft, he said.
Islam has its rules for major sins. For example, killing someone has different rules. If you do it intentionally, if you know the person and intentionally kill the person, you will be killed back. If not intentional, then there might be another punishment like paying a certain amount of money,” Yousuf continues. “If there is a theft, the hand will be cut off. If there is illegal intercourse, they (violators) will be stoned.”
He claimed that both the male and female miscreants would both be executed in the draconian manner, although stoning has previously been the group’s mode of punishment used for women. Yousuf says four witnesses are required, and those witnesses “should all have the same story.”
The Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is remembered by Afghans for its strict interpretation of Islamic Law.