Farkhunda murder:Afghan judge gives death sentence

Four men were sentenced to death and were convicted of murder, with evidence partly based on mobile phone footage of the mob attack on a woman in March.

Farkhunda murder:Afghan judge gives death sentence

World Bulletin / News Desk

 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, a case that sparked outrage and rare street protests against religious extremism in the capital.

Eight defendants were jailed for 16 years for participating in the attack in which a frenzied crowd beat and kicked the woman, named Farkhunda, and set her body on fire in central Kabul.

Judge Safiullah Mujadidi found 18 others not guilty due to lack of evidence.

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 attack. Their verdicts and sentencing are due later in the week.

The attack proved a polarising incident in Afghanistan, a deeply conservative Muslim country. Initially, some clerics said the killing was a defence 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.

Several protests against religious extremism and violence against women sprung up in Kabul, including one in the last week that re-enacted the attack.

Such demonstrations are rare, even though women's rights were enshrined in the constitution after the Taliban's hard-line regime was ousted in 2001.

Under the Taliban's five-year rule, women were banned from leaving home without a male guardian, denied education and forced to wear the all-covering burqa. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Mayıs 2015, 10:55