Thursday, August 12, 2010


THEN TALIBAN SHOT DEAD HER FOR ADULTERY - The Afghan woman publicly executed by Taliban militants for alleged adultery was pregnant. The victim, 48-year-old Bibi Sanubar, was flogged up to 200 times before being shot on Sunday - in the head and chest - in the remote Qades district. Her alleged lover managed to escape. Abdul Jabbar Khan, security chief in the Taliban-controlled area, said the killing was ordered after the woman allegedly killed her newborn child to conceal illicit sex. The international coalition in the country issued a slightly different version of the incident, saying Sanubar was a still-pregnant widow who was killed for alleged adultery. Elders in the village of Quds contacted Taliban commanders after the woman’s pregnancy became known. A local official said: ‘She had an illegal relationship with a man who was not her husband.’ But he added: ‘ Her husband died many years before. Then she became pregnant so, according to Islam, we gave her a very strong punishment. It was more than 200 lashes. Then we shot her.’

Afghan police said the body was later dumped in an area under government control. Khan told The Times newspaper: ‘This was not the way she should have been punished. She should have been arrested and we would have had proof that she had an illegal affair. Then she should come to court and face justice.’ ‘Justice’, Afghan style, is still relatively harsh. Rape victims, for example, are prosecuted for having sex outside of wedlock. Under Afghan law Sanubar would have been jailed for up to three years if found guilty of adultery, but many women are then returned to their families to face traditional punishments, including so-called honour killings. This would be the second execution of a woman by the Taliban since they were ousted from power nine years ago.

When in power from 1996 until 2001, the radical Taliban - in the name of religion - staged public stonings or lashings of those found to have sex outside marriage. Real religious principles are enacted by the Supreme Person himself. The essence of religion can only be understood by those saintly persons who are only motivated by love and commiseration towards all the living beings.

The religion meant for all living entities that was taught by the Supreme Lord to Brahma was also taught by all these twelve great authorities. For this reason, it has been given the name Bhagavata-dharma, the religion taught by the Supreme Lord and his devotees. ... There can be no self-deception nor deception of others anywhere in the Bhagavatam. So many activities are going on in the name of religion - karma, jnana and what have you. None of these can be considered genuine religious activity; they are all, in fact, kinds of deception or cheating. The supreme religion for all living entities is pure devotion to the Supreme Lord. Pure devotion means that neither karma, jnana, nor yoga should be mixed in with it. Pure devotion is the supreme religion. ... One who is unable to tolerate the happiness of another and who finds joy in seeing others suffer cannot be considered a sadhu.

Śrīla Bhakti Promode Puri Mahārāja :
“Vyasa Puja Lecture - 100th Birthday”
on 5 October 1997 in Sri Mayapur, India.

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