Pregnant widow flogged and shot dead by the Taleban From The Times - full access by subscription only these days. Monday, 9 August 2010. Three Taleban mullahs condemned a pregnant widow to be flogged and shot in public, in a remote part of western Afghanistan on Sunday, after convicting her of having an affair. Mullah Daoud, a senior Taleban commander contacted by this newspaper, said that he sat on the panel of three judges which reached the decision, in an area of Badghis province firmly under militant control. There were three mullahs that passed this verdict. I was one of them, he said. We gave this decision so that in future no one should have these illegal affairs. She had an illegal relationship with a man who was not her husband. Her husband died many years before. Then she became pregnant. So, according to Islam, we gave her a very strong punishment. It was more than 200 lashes. We whipped her in front of all the local people, to show them an example. Then we shot her. The other Taleban judges were Mullah Noorullah, Mullah Jahangir. There were other Taleban there, but there were only three commanders. Mullah Noorullah is the overall commander in Badghis. Afghan police said that the womans body was later dumped in an area under government control. She was shot in the head in public while she was still pregnant, Ghulam Mohammad Sayeedi, the deputy police chief in Badghis, said. Mullah Daoud said that elders in Quds district approached the insurgents when the woman became pregnant, many years after her husband had died. Police named her as Bibi Sanubar. Reports of her age ranged from 35 to 45. The head of security in Badghis province, General Abdul Jabar, condemned the attack, although he said that police were now hunting the man who made her pregnant. He did not say whether they were searching for the Taleban mullahs, or the many witnesses to Sundays execution. This was not the way she should have been punished, General Jabar said. She should have been arrested and we should have had proof that shed had an illegal affair. Then she should come to court and face justice".