The Straits Times
Published on Sep 16, 2012

Afghan teenage girl flogged for 'affair': Officials


GHAZNI, Afghanistan (AFP) - A 16-year-old Afghan girl has been flogged for allegedly having an affair and her purported boyfriend fined US$1,600 (S$1,950) in a rural district under government control, local officials said on Saturday.

The girl, who has been named only as Sabera, is in poor health since the incident on Sept 9 in Jaguri district of Ghazni province, said the head of the provincial women's affairs department, Shukuria Wali.

The Taleban have strongholds in Ghazni, but Jaguri is under government control and is dominated by ethnic Hazaras, who are generally considered moderate by Afghan standards and do not have strict tribal codes observed by Pashtuns, who dominate the ranks of the Islamist militia.

"According to the information we have, Sabera was first wrapped in a white cloth and then flogged in front of village elders and family members. I have heard she is not in good health," Ms Wali told AFP.