Thousands protest woman's mob killing in Afghan capital
Thousands marched through the Afghan capital yesterday, demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Koran.
Men and women of all ages carried banners bearing the bloodied face of Farkhunda, a 27-year-old religious scholar killed last week by the mob. Farkhunda, who went by one name like many Afghans, was beaten, run over with a car and burned before her body was thrown into the Kabul River.
Organisers of yesterday's march, the second protest over the brutal slaying in as many days, estimated that up to 3,000 people took part, calling it one of the biggest demonstrations in Kabul's history. Marchers chanted "Justice for Farkhunda!" and "Death to the killers!"
Amrullah Saleh, a political leader and former director of the intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security, said the demonstrators sought to make Farkhunda an icon of the struggle against "injustice, mob court, street violence, violence against women, lawlessness, extremism", and especially the injustice suffered by women.
"She is an example of probably what has happened silently to many," Saleh told the Associated Press. "She drew a line with her blood between those who want justice, rule of law, and those who are extreme in their views and who breed lawlessness".