Of course, like many practices in Sharia law that violate modern standards of human rights and prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment, amputation for theft persists in the Islamic world because it is enshrined in the Qur’an (5:38). “Taliban court orders amputation for thieves,” from the Zimbabwe Star, May 5:
Taliban militants have cut off the hands of three men in Pakistan.
Pakistani police from the tribal region of Orakzai, near the Afghanistan border, have confirmed the incident, which was ordered by a Taliban sharia court.
The court ordered the right hands of three local tribesmen should be cut off as punishment for an alleged theft.
After the amputations, the men were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The resultant blood loss following the amputations has put the men in danger of losing their lives.