Farkhunda’s chehlum observed amid calls for justice
KABUL (Pajhwok): On the occasion of Farkhunda’s Chehlum, civil society activists and residents of Kabul on Monday asked the government to award exemplary punishment to those detained in her case and prosecute police officials who looked on when she was being lynched.
The 27-year-old woman, who had just finished her diploma in Islamic studies, was brutally murdered by a mob of men on March 19 after she was falsely accused of burning pages from the holy Quran outside a well-known shrine in Kabul.
But official investigations later revealed Farkhunda had falsely been accused of burning the holy book as no evidence substantiating the claim could be found.
Videos circulating on social media showed the hour-long incident in detail, sparking global headlines and outrage.
Hundreds of people on Monday gathered to observe Farkhunda’s chehlum by citing verses from the Quran and offering prays for her soul to rest in peace at the Shah-e-Do Shamshira mosque, where she was lynched.
The mourners also staged a protest rally in front of the mosque. An actress Lena Alam was lynched by a mob in a mock demonstration to show how Farkhunda was lynched.
A civil society activist, Bari Salam, told Pajhwok Afghan News 40 days into Farkhunda’s murder, some of her murderers remained at large.
Farhad Darya, a famous Afghan singer, said: “I participated in the memorial service to condemn Farkhunda’s murder.”
At the end of the event, participants urged the government to investigate, find out and imprison the offenders. They also called for Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahman to be sacked for failing to prevent the attack.
So far 49 people, including 19 police officials, have been detained in connection with the broad daylight murder.
Attorney General’s Office on Monday produced the detained individuals before a court in Kabul.
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