Falaqa & Shabah (Iraqi tortures)

Ben Ostrowsky sylvar at VAXER.NET
Wed Dec 4 12:31:49 UTC 2002

> _FALAQA:_  Victims forced to lie face down and are beaten on the soles of
> feet with a cable.

Sounds like bastinado.  Speaking of which:


"Falaq, Falanga, Falaka, Fallagas: all appear to be variants of the same
word which is used in mid-eastern cultures to refer to a small crop like
weapon which is approximately 18" in length, with a hardened inner shaft,
the outside made of leather either braided or wound around the 'cane'. The
word/s by extension becomes the practice of using this weapon to inflict
punishment to the soles of the feet."


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