Call For Justice: #Farkhunda


Graphic by Tommy Danaher '15

Is there Justice in Afghanistan?

Nilofar Tokhi '15, News Editor

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 was a terrible day in Afghanistan. 27 year-old female, Farkhunda, was beaten to death by an angry mob on the streets after being accused of burning the Holy Quran. Extremely graphic pictures of the woman being kicked, stoned to death, set on fire and thrown over a bridge into the river were shown worldwide. Police are still searching for the men who were participating in such a cruel act.

Almost a week after her death, as reported in TOLO news, Afghanistan’s interior minister told Parliament that, “Farkhunda was innocent and all the accusations against her were untrue.” This may have cleared her name, but it is too little, too late. Why did these men do this to an innocent civilian? These men having the audacity to do such an act is unbearable to overlook. What is even more unbearable is that this has happened to HUNDREDS of women.

When #Farkhunda was buried, her coffin was carried by only women, in a break from Afghan tradition.

Afghan women crying for justice planted a tree on the side of a river bank where Farkhunda’s body was burned four days earlier.

Such an act is inhumane. This woman was beaten to death while people watched. Justice needs to be called for #Fakhunda. Something like this should be roaring all over the news. Maybe it is not, because it doesn’t seem like news. It’s done daily. All over the world. Yet people don’t hear about it, or some may not even care since they aren’t in these powerless victims’ shoes. (Do you know about it? It happened almost a month ago.)

It isn’t just women being beaten to death. With a little research, more horrible truths come to light. In Bangladesh, there have been 2,742 reported acid attacks in the last ten years. Read about it here.  In Pakistan there have been at least 160 acid attacks this year. The attack is what it sounds like; since acid is less than $1 a bottle it is a cheap way to disfigure and humiliate a woman. The most common motives are rejected marriage proposals, land disputes, or rejected sexual advances.

Justice needs to be called for these women!

For more info about #Farkhunda read the New York Times article