Afghans say mixed-sex party ended in killings by fundamental Islamist group
FIFTEEN men and two women found beheaded in Helmand province, Afghanistan, were executed by the Taliban as punishment for attending a mixed-sex party with music and dancing.
The bodies were discovered this morning near where the had been held on Sunday night, district governor Nimatullah, who goes by one name, told the Reuters news agency. The governor of Helmand, Daud Ahmadi, said a team had been sent to the site of the beheadings to investigate.
Mixed-sex parties are unusual in Afghanistan and usually held in secret. Men and women do not normally mix with each other, claimed the agency, unless they are related or married.
During the fundamentalist group’s five years in power before it was ousted by the US in 2002, women lost the right to vote, to do many paid jobs or to leave home without a male relative or husband to accompany them.
In June this year, the Taliban stormed a lakeside hotel near Kabul which they said was used for “wild parties”, demanding to know where the “pimps and prostitutes” were. They killed 20 people, says Reuters.