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WOMAN BEATEN TO DEATH IN KABUL – INNOCENT !

>farkghundaA woman,  27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, beaten to death by an angry mob in front of police in the Afghan capital last week for allegedly burning a copy of Islam’s holy book, the Kuraan, was wrongly accused, Afghanistan’s top criminal investigator said on Sunday 03/22/2015. .

Mobile phone footage circulating on social media shows police at the scene did not save the Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on Thursday 03/20/2015.

The killing was condemned by the Afghan president and other officials, but also drew praise from some quarters, including from a prominent cleric, who asserted the men had a right to defend their Muslim beliefs at all costs.

Farkhunda was a teacher of Islamic studies, according to her brother, who denied media reports that she had been mentally ill. He said this was a made-up defense by their father, who wanted to protect the family after police told them to leave the city for their own safety.

Hundreds of people attended her funeral on Sunday chanting “we want justice” and her coffin was carried by women.

The United States and other countries have spent millions of dollars in Afghanistan on promoting the rule of law, justice and women’s rights since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.

Under the strict Islamist rule of the Taliban, women could neither attend school nor were they allowed to work, and were forbidden from leaving the house without a male guardian.

The last decade has seen much progress: Millions of girls now attend school and women can enter employment, particularly in major cities. But in some rural areas, little has changed and hard won rights are at risk of being reversed as aid and foreign troops are withdrawn.
Rekated topics ;
11/2011 – TWO AFGHAN WOMEN STONED BY MOB 
2013 – PROFILE – MALALA YOUSAFZAI 
08/2009 – MALI WOMEN’S RIGHTS 
03/2009 – MUSLIM WOMEN’S RIGHTS

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