Tuesday 12 November 2019

Women's rights activists carry coffin of Afghan woman beaten to death by mob

Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Civil society activists mourn during the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Press Association

An Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob has been buried in Kabul, her coffin carried by women's rights activists.

Hundreds of people gathered in northern Kabul today for the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, who like many Afghans is known by only one name.

She was killed late on Thursday by a mob of mostly men, according to police accounts.

Mohammad Farid Afzali, the city's head of criminal investigation, has said she suffered an unspecified psychiatric illness.

Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Afghan women rights activists carry the coffin of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, during her funeral, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

President Ashraf Ghani condemned Farkhunda's killing as "heinous" and ordered an investigation.

The brutality of the attack, in a country where violence against women often goes unpunished, has drawn wide condemnation - though some officials and religious leaders have sought to justify it by saying Farkhunda had allegedly burned a Quran.

Civil society activists mourn during the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
Civil society activists mourn during the funeral of 27-year-old Farkhunda, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death by a mob, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

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