Video shows Afghan woman executed by Taliban; Treatment of women continues to erode

(CBS News) KABUL - The international Afghan Donors Conference in Tokyo today pledged $16 billion in development aid through 2015. Some of that aid is conditional on improved rights for Afghan women. Those rights are literally under attack by the Taliban in many parts of Afghanistan.

Disturbing video has emerged of a woman being executed by the Taliban in the middle of a village.

The woman was accused of adultery. After she was killed, male villagers cheered.

Some chanted "long live the Afghan mujahedeen," which is what the Taliban are called.

The shooting took place roughly 50 miles from the capital city of Kabul, in Parwan province, according to Governor Abdul Basir Salangi.

He told CBS News that Parwan is a relatively peaceful area but has seen a growing Taliban influence. He says the woman had been romantically involved with two Taliban commanders.

Fawzia Koofi, a member of Afghanistan's parliament who has seen the video, says the treatment of women has worsened over the past year.

"It is really very much a sharp turn, and a huge backward (step) on what we claim to have progressed on women's issue in Afghanistan," she said.

The Afghan government put out a statement saying it, quote, "strongly condemns this un-Islamic and inhuman action."

It was a deadly day all across Afghanistan: 24 people were killed, including seven U.S. soldiers. The concern is that the Taliban are feeling emboldened as U.S. troops prepare to withdraw this fall.

  • John Bentley

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