Afghan Sharia Law Softening: Man Gets Only A Mild 80 Lashes For Drinking

AGHLAN, Afghanistan — It’s the type of punishment that many thought would vanish with the fall of the Taliban, but Shari’a law is alive and well in Afghanistan.

One unidentified 20-year-old man has felt the full force of the Islamic legal code in the northern Afghan province of Baghan. After confessing to drinking alcohol, which is forbidden under Shari’a law, he received 80 lashes at the hands of a local judge. Proof that such punishments are still being carried out is contained in a video obtained this week by Radio Free Afghanistan.

But the April 11 ruling and punishment depicted in the video is by no means a rare occurrence, according to experts.