Woman Beaten To Death And Set Alight In Afghanistan Was Wrongly Accused

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor


If it was possible to add another injustice levied against Farkhunda, a woman who suffered a brutal murder at the hands of a mob in Afghanistan that insisted she burned a Koran, authorities publicly announced she was in fact innocent of these claims.

In response to this outrage, a day of national morning occurred during her funeral and burial. Various leaders including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned her murder as a heinous attack. Reports of police standing nearby and indifferent to the incident lead the president to call for fundamental reforms in the nation’s police forces.

We previously wrote of this horror in an article HERE.

The murder was merciless. A mob of approximately twenty seven beat Farkhunda to death then tossed her body from a rooftop, drove over her with a car, then immolated her before casting the remains into a river. This occurred just outside the Shah-Do Shamshira mosque.

The incident was recorded by cellphone video and broadcast from the Internet, horrifying many Afghans who then called for renewed actions for reforms and justice.

In attendance of Farkhunda’s funeral service, scores of politicians, activists and human rights advocates offered solidarity with Farkhunda and the cause to avenge justice on her behalf. The funeral was carried live on Afghan television. Breaking with tradition, an all female pallbearer regiment carried her casket to its resting place.

Video of the funeral may be watched HERE

Senior detectives assigned to the case declared that Farkhunda had not burned a Koran.

The attack reportedly occurred when Farkhunda entered into a dispute with amulet sellers at the Mosque. She believed the sellers to be “parasites” and recommended to women, friends, and family members not to waste their money on the sellers’ wares. According to her father, Mohammed Nadir, the men responded by accusing her of burning a Koran.

News Limited reports the Interior Ministry was providing extra protection for her family and stated:

The head of the ministry’s criminal investigation directorate, Gen. Mohammad Zahir, said 13 people had been arrested in connection with the killing, including two men who sold amulets. The Interior Ministry said 13 policemen had been suspended pending investigation.

Zahir said authorities were “unable to find any single iota of evidence to support claims that she had burned a Koran.”

“She is completely innocent,” he said.

Hopefully, in time some good and fundamental change will come from her tragic death.

By Darren Smith



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36 thoughts on “Woman Beaten To Death And Set Alight In Afghanistan Was Wrongly Accused”

  1. @ Islamaphobes & Others

    Afghan Protestors Demand Justice for Woman Lynched by Mob

    “KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Hundreds of Afghans protested in Kabul on Monday to demand justice for a woman who was killed by a mob outside one of the capital’s most famous mosques after she was falsely being accused of burning a Quran.

    “The woman, a 27-year-old religious scholar named Farkhunda, was beaten, pushed from a roof, run over by a car and set alight before her body was thrown in the Kabul River last Thursday. Senior police officials have since maintained that the Quran-burning allegations that prompted the attack were false.

    “She was buried amid a huge public outcry on Sunday, her coffin carried by women’s activists who defied the tradition of men-only pallbearers and funerals.”

  2. @ Nicky Spinelli, Professional People Reader

    “Kenny is an old timer here, under a new name. He’ll change names or just run off. I read people for a living.”

    Your being a Professional People Reader may explain why you pretty obviously haven’t spent much time reading anything else.

    Keep waving around your little pocket knife, and we may have some fun. 🙂

  3. Kenny Rogers or whomever your name really is

    Anyone who believes that Iraq had anything to do with the attacks of 9/11 is wallowing– not dipping a toe in– but *wallowing* in willful ignorance and/or a stupefied state of Cheney-esque disinformation bewilderment.

    disinformation hahahahaha

    And you are correcting Nick for grammar.

    There is only one poster I know who tells people what to do and who to talke to. And I wasn’t aware that he was on here giving orders again 😉 😉

  4. Happy, “Columbia” for Colombia is not a typo. It is a tell. it shows someone is not as worldly as they like to portray. When you have travelled to that country to adopt a kid, you are sensitized to that common and pedestrian ignorance. Seen it many times w/ his ilk. And, his multiple responses and scrambling shows he is a lightweight, both intellectually and streetwise. Kenny is an old timer here, under a new name. He’ll change names or just run off. I read people for a living.

    1. Nick Spinelli

      I noticed the Colombia. He is very confused about the true nature of world affairs as opposed to his truther doctrines he reads. I love it when he starts talking about W and He posed as a stuffy old professor that was randy at first that I saw through because he was too friendly with Inga.

      Now he is writing pure fantasy – “But, confronted with Taliban’s refusal to accept US conditions, ‘this rationale of energy security changed into a military one’, the authors claim.

      “At one moment during the negotiations, the US representatives told the Taliban, ‘either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs,’ Brisard said in an interview in Paris.”


      Everyone knows that the Caspian pipeline was helped by US entrepreneurs. Why bother pulling legitimate links which I already read earlier when I read this bs. He won’t read them

  5. “Almost 4,000 white people were lynched in America between 1877 and 1950 alone, some of them after being castrated, tortured, and/or burned to death.”

    Actually, only 1,000 white men were lynched between 1877 and 1950

  6. @ Nick Spinelli

    That last sentence should have read: “Aren’t you familiar with the old adage, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,” or do you think that it doesn’t apply to you? 🙂

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