Tamil Diplomat

Afghan woman Farkhunda lynched in Kabul ‘for speaking out’

An Afghan woman who was lynched after being falsely accused of burning the Koran was killed for tackling superstitious practices, witnesses say. Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a Kabul mob last week, had been arguing with a mullah about his practice of selling charms to women at a shrine.

In the course of the argument she was accused of burning the Koran and a crowd overheard and beat her to death. Hundreds of Afghans protested on Monday against the attack.