Woman stoned to death in Somalia after al-Shabaab conviction

  • Woman stoned to death in Somalia after al-Shabaab conviction

Woman stoned to death in Somalia after al-Shabaab conviction

A woman accused of having eleven husbands, has been allegedly stoned to death by Somalia's al-Shabaab insurgents, a resident in a town in the southern part of the country revealed this.

The al-Qaeda-linked group's radio arm Andalus reports that the stoning was carried out on Wednesday after an ad hoc al-Shabaab court convicted the woman in Sablale town in Lower Shabelle region.

"The judge. said that the woman has confessed to the charges against her, that she married 11 husbands at the same time", read a statement carried on a pro-Shabaab website. The mother of eight had been married to a second man after leaving her first husband due to lack of support.

The militant group controls large swathes of Somalia and often conducts raids and attacks in its attempt to overthrow the central government based in the capital, Mogadishu.

Both partners are allowed to separate legally, but while men can divorce their wives, women must seek consent from their husbands and if denied, they can seek the religious court's approval. "Al-Shabaab has further inflicted violence against Somali women and girls by way of hudood, or physical punishment of those they deem to have violated Sharia, or Islamic law", according to a 2014 report from Human Rights Watch.

Divorces are common in Somalia but the details of this case are unusual, the BBC Somali Service's Mowliid Haji Abdi says.