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Protests against Kabul woman’s lynching rage on

Protests against Kabul woman’s lynching rage on

Mar 28, 2015 - 12:46

MAIMANA/ZARANJ (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon, religious and civil societyinfo-icon activists in Faryab and Nimroz provinces on Saturday staged protests against the lynching of a woman, asking the government to execute her killers.

Farkhanda, 27, was murdered by a mob on March 19 after she criticised a cleric in Kabulinfo-icon for selling amulets. But people, who took part in or witnessed the incident, accused her of burning the Quraninfo-icon -- a charge rejected by the Ministry of Hajjinfo-icon.

About 200 protestors in Maimana, the capital of Faryab, condemned the killing of Farkhanda. They chanted: “Put an end to ignorance; eradicate the culture of amulets and sorcery.”

Religious scholar Maulviinfo-icon Gul Ahmad said the killers Farkhanda, who had violated the teachings of Islam, should be awarded deterrent punishment to set an example for others.

Rabia Danishjo, a women’s NGO head, demanded: “The murderers should be executed at the same site where the innocent woman was lynched.” She also asked judicial organs to dispose of cases of violence against women.

In a resolution, the protestors said all those involved in the outrage should be openly tried. They urged parliament to approve the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) law.

Meanwhile, a number of women in Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz, demanded execution of Farkhanda’s killers. Civil society activist Shah Gul Gulzada said they execrated the incident that had no justification.




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