KABUL: The Taliban has arrested an Afghan woman who accused a senior official of rape.
The woman, who was identified only by her first name Elaha, released a video earlier this week in which she alleged being forced into marriage, beaten and repeatedly raped by former Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Saeed Khosti.
She said she was speaking from an apartment in Kabul where the Taliban had confined her after she tried to escape the country, and pleaded for rescue. “These may be my last words. He will kill me, but it is better to die once than to die every time,” she said.
On Wednesday, a day after the video surfaced, the Taliban said Elaha had been arrested for defamation on orders of the chief justice Abdul Hakeem Haqqanil, and would “soon be sentenced according to Sharia law”.