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UN wants mentally ill woman's killers punished

UN wants mentally ill woman's killers punished

Mar 22, 2015 - 00:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The United Nations has denounced as brutal act the killing of a "mentally ill" woman by an angry mob after she allegedly burnt a copy of the Quraninfo-icon in Kabul.

Elzira Sagynbaeva, the country representative for UN Womeninfo-icon in Afghanistaninfo-icon, said: "We are particularly worried by reports that the woman had suffered from mental illness for many years."

In a statement, she said: “We are encouraged by initial reports of the arrest of several suspects, but call on the authorities to investigate this incident fully and bring to justice all persons who actively participated in the killing..."

Mark Bowden, the deputy special representative of the secretary-general, also condemned the attack. “The burning of the Quran contradicts the efforts of the UN to promote tolerance, intercultural understanding and mutual respect between cultures and religions."

But the brutal murder of the 27 years old woman, he added, was an "unspeakably horrendous act that should result in those responsible being prosecuted, to the fullest extent possible, under Afghan law".



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