Farkhanda laid to rest in Kabul amid calls for justice
KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of people buried the charred body of Farkhanda amid moving scenes at her funeral in Kabul on Sunday, three days after the 27-year-old was beaten and burnt to death by a mob for allegedly burning a copy of the Quran.
But top investigator Gen. Mohammad Zahir, who attended the burial, said he failed to find evidence of the woman having desecrated the Quran after thoroughly going through all documents and evidence once again last night.
He promised to punish those involved and said 13 people, including eight police personnel, had already been arrested. Video clips on social media show police did not act to save the woman from being killed by the mob.
The Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs also denied the woman had committed blasphemy. Chanting “we want justice,” hundreds of people attended her funeral and her coffin was carried by women. She was laid to rest in Khairkhana.
She was originally from central Kapisa province, but had been living with her family in Lab-i-Jar locality. Her father Eng. Nader Malakzada said she had graduated from Ayesha Sidiqa Teacher Training Centre and was attending a Quran-learning course.
He said Farkhanda was a religious woman, who used to teach women's in the locality Islamic lessons.
“Last Thursday when Farkhanda went to Shah-i-Do Shamshera mosque she saw a mullah deceiving a woman with a wrong amulet. She advised the mullah his practice was against Shariah and he should stop hoodwinking females.”
Her remarks angered the prayer leader, who accused Farkhanda of burning the Quran and then a crowd of people started beating her with sticks until she died and set her body alight. Malakzada demanded the government investigate the gruesome murder and punish those involved.
Speaking at the burial ceremony, a religious scholar said Farkhanda had been killed mercilessly and nobody had the right to issue death orders. He added the killers and their supporters were criminals and would face Almighty Allah’s wrath.
Earlier, President Ashraf Ghani formed a commission to investigate the lynching of the woman in light of Islamic teachings and human rights principles and directed it submit him a report.
Mualvi Mohiuddin Baloch heads the panel, which includes Mualvi Mohammad Umar Farooqi, Syed Mohammad Hussain Mohaqiqzada, Fauzia Kofi, Shinkai Karokhel, Shahla Farid, Mehbooba Siraj, Najibullah Azizi, Shamsullah Ahmedzai, Khpalwak Safi and Mujibur Rahman Khilwatgar.
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