After Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August and announced a new interim government on September 7, 2021, a video has gone viral on social media in which one can see an elderly person being stoned.

The video is being shared with a claim that the viral video shows Taliban’s atrocity in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley.

A social media user shared the video with caption that reads, “Afghanistan Decends into Stone Age Rule Under Taliban Authorities. #StandWithPanjshir #panjshir #AhmadMassoud #TalibanDestroyingAfghanistan #FreeAfghanistan #ResistTyranny #revolution #Kabul #mazaresharif #Kandahar #usa #terror #CrimesAgainstHumanity.”

The link to the post can be seen here. Similar posts can be seen here, here and here.


NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be misleading.

We found a Facebook user had posted the same video on April 22, 2018, with a caption,  “5years minor raped in Afghanistan, within 15 minutes of this rape incident. The judiciary ordered to shoot the rapist by Stones in public view…”

Taking a cue from the above post we searched with the keyword, ’60 years old stone pelted for raping 5 years minor’ and found a story published by The report said that individuals associated with ISIS terrorist group in the Jowzjan province of Afghanistan stoned a 60-year-old man to death for raping a 5-year-old child. The report has a screenshot of the viral video.

BBC Persia also reported about the incident on June 22, 2018.

Hence, it is evident that an old video of a man being stoned to death has gone viral with a fake claim linking it to Taliban atrocities.

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