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Afghan Judge Sentences Four to Death for Mob Killing of Woman

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An Afghan judge sentenced four men to death on Wednesday for the mob killing of 27-year-old woman accused of burning a Koran in Kabul


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Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 9:01 am
The four men sentenced to death were convicted of murder, in part on the basis of mobile phone footage of the attack that was played in court during the five-day trial.

View galleryAfghan artists perform a re-enactment of the lynching …
Afghan artists perform a re-enactment of the lynching of Farkhunda, a 27-year old woman, to protest …
Some of those arrested were tracked down after posting footage of the attack on social media and bragging about taking part.

Nineteen police officers were also on trial, accused of standing by and doing nothing to stop the violence. Their verdicts and sentencing are due later in the week.

The attack proved a polarizing incident in Afghanistan, a deeply conservative Muslim country. Initially, some clerics said the killing was a defense of Islam.

Many others were outraged by the attack, even before an investigation showed that Farkhunda had been falsely accused of desecrating Islam's holy book.

Farkhunda, who was a long-time student of Islam, had a running dispute with Zain-ul Abedeen, the caretaker of a local shrine, over his selling of amulets and other good luck charms. She considered the practice un-Islamic.

Apparently in retaliation, he publicly accused her on March 19 of burning a Koran and led the crowd that surrounded her and beat her to death.

Sue H (7)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 9:23 am
Wow, Justice!

Animae C (509)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 1:06 pm
O wow i remember this!

T.Y. Phyllis

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 1:07 pm
Sue H. says it all.

Frances Darcy (92)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 1:39 pm
One good aspect of social media

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 3:52 pm
Thank you, Phyllis.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 6:02 pm
Good I hope they have rounded a corner. I know the women have been working hard to improve their conditions. Is sad, Afghanistan wasn't always like this.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 6:44 pm
Well, well, well. FINALLY a bit of justice has been served. Will wonders never cease? Hopefully a sign of positive change for women in that region.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 7:37 pm
Two wrong does not make a right! Very tragic & so sad!

Laurie H (818)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 10:00 pm
Thank you Phyllis!! Noted & So very sad indeed~~

Lynn Carin (361)
Thursday May 7, 2015, 12:34 am
Thanks for sharing, Phyllis. I don't know much about Afghanistan, but many sad stories coming from this country. Praying for the women, children (and animals - hearing many stories of abuse/cruelty) there...

Mandi T (367)
Thursday May 7, 2015, 11:30 am
TY Phyllis

Arild Warud (174)
Friday May 8, 2015, 2:03 am
Thanks Phyllis.

Darlene W (289)
Friday May 8, 2015, 6:33 am
Noted and prayers sent for the women--thank you Phyllis.

pam w (139)
Friday May 8, 2015, 8:35 am
No doubt they consider themselves ''martyrs."

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday May 8, 2015, 8:45 am
horrible news.

Sam E M (0)
Friday May 8, 2015, 12:24 pm
This is horrendous and shocking, but is a death sentence the proper punishment except as a warning to others? These men deserve prison for life, so they can meditate on their actions and suffer shut away and deprived of their liberty. This way they will only suffer a short time until the sentence is carried out, whereas the family of that poor woman, and other women in similar cases, have been sentenced to a lifetime of regret and bereavement.

David B (34)
Friday May 8, 2015, 3:36 pm
if you give them life then you only give them the opportunity to shorten or turn over their sentence . give them what they deserve death . and don't even think twice about it . another way where religion causes grief and sadness. to take a life over some book ? that is truly revolting . and because he lied about the women he should be slowly strangled very slowly .

caroline lord (0)
Friday May 8, 2015, 3:40 pm
thank you

marie T (163)
Friday May 8, 2015, 5:08 pm
Sadly Sam I am confident they will have no regrets and will not suffer in any way they truly believe they were justified in the eyes of Allah they will die martyrs in the eyes of Islam so 7 virgins are waiting for them
David B is absolutely spot on of course they deserve death How stupid to think otherwise once they have tasted the kill more women would have died how do we know if this was their first
Well done judge justice at last

Gloria H (88)
Friday May 8, 2015, 7:34 pm
I guess there will be a beheading. At least it will be quicker than what the woman got.
Amazing that
#1 they were caught
#2 that they were tried and actually found guilty!
what goes around, comes around.
Probably a better punishment would have been to just cut their tongues out...either case, they will be forever silenced.

Janet B (0)
Friday May 8, 2015, 8:15 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday May 8, 2015, 11:17 pm
Thank you.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 3:20 am
Thank you

Ken O (55)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 3:43 am
Would this be like the first time in the history of Afghanistan where any man was executed for killing a woman?

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 7:17 am
Loath both the heinous crime and the abominable death penalty. The result is just more barbarity, more devaluing of human life. Which is not a "win" for more enlightened civilized values.

Lisa T tally (67)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 8:47 am
This judge is sending a message, and a very positive one, that, Its not going to be accepted what was done to her. Their culture is very different then ours. This is a big step forward for the women.

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 11:42 am
Thanks Phyllis. Noted. I do not believe man should kill man. But, the punishment should fit the crime in some manner, to set an example and to force the sinner to learn life's lesson. Perhaps life in an extremely secluded nunnery or Tibetan sanctuary, being educated and enlightened on all human worth and the destiny of all who live. Strictest privation. Time to reflect, do introspective thinking. If men realized that this would be their punishment, rather than "a quick cold chop", and then being regarded as martyrs, they'd think more than twice.

S J (124)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 4:28 pm
so sad, i hope this may bring about a better conditions for women and girls there. my heart goes to her family and friends. i have no comment for the monsters, there are a lot more monsters everywhere as long as the ideas are.
thank you Phyllis

Shirley S (187)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 10:38 pm
19 police officers watched & DID NOTHING to help the poor girl.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday May 10, 2015, 1:30 am
Thank you

Sarah Lee (4)
Sunday May 10, 2015, 4:12 am

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Past Member (0)
Sunday May 10, 2015, 4:46 am
Enough to raise respect on women?

Rhonda B (99)
Monday May 11, 2015, 11:49 am
Horrible! Thank you Phyllis

Ben O (128)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 10:06 am
I am indeed grateful for not living in that freaking country!

Melania P (123)
Tuesday May 12, 2015, 3:31 pm
Finally, it is not a woman that is killed!

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 9:14 am
More lives wasted because of ignorance.

Suzanne L (89)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 5:51 pm
My sympathy is with the woman Farkhunda and those who loved her and mourn for her.

Shailja Mukhtyar (90)
Wednesday May 13, 2015, 7:35 pm
an ounce of progress, 19 police go free for doing nothing,
& in USA, police go free for killing!! license to murder !!

Teresa W (782)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 8:08 am
thank you

Winn A (179)
Thursday May 14, 2015, 12:21 pm
The entire situation is horrible. This society doesn't value woman at all. I'm so sad for her family that she was murdered but I doubt this sentence for these 4 men will stop these kinds of acts against women in the future. A fundamental change in their culture must happen and I don't see that coming anytime soon.

Nancy C (806)
Monday May 25, 2015, 6:07 am
I agree with Bruce, Ben and Dandelion, Winn... among others. 2 wrongs, with the caveat that this may deter some decisions to hurt women. They'll be here and gone (which I don't believe in). In a way, it's easy for them. Love and light to the women fighting for their freedom and equality over the world.
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