Fact Check: 2018 Video Shared As Recent Flogging Incident in Afghanistan

A video of a man brutally beating women is widely shared on social media, claiming that Taliban members in Afghanistan are penalising women for going out and shopping without male “guardians.”

The video is shared on Facebook with a caption: “This is the Taliban brutally lashing a woman in Takhar province for going to the shop without a male guardian. The women of Afghanistan are experiencing hell on earth under the Taliban regime. We mustn’t turn a blind eye.”

Here’s the link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be MISLEADING. 

Performing a Reverse Image Search with relevant keywords, we found a news report, dated November 1, 2018,  carrying the same viral video. According to the report, “Taliban group whipped two women who were talking on the phone. This incident took place in Kizil village of Dezrab city in Zhuzjan. Taliban group punished these two women without discussion.” 

We found the same video tweeted by the verified handle of Ariana News on October 28, 2018, with the text: “Taliban lashes two women in Darzab district of Jawzjan for allegedly “making phone calls.” The same video was also posted by another Twitter user on January 23, 2020, with a caption, “Taliban members punishing women for leaving their homes alone. Reports indicate this is Kunduz province in northeast Afghanistan.” 

Women have been routinely expelled from Afghanistan’s public venues since the Taliban took control of the nation in August 2021.

Though we could not ascertain the exact location and time of the viral video, it is evident from the above information that the viral claim has been on the internet since 2018.

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