Untold thousands have died in Afghanistan during the past half century so it is rather difficult getting upset about another Afghan death. Farkhunda was a university student who suffered from some mental issues in her life. She was described as studious and very religious. That much about her is agreed upon by those who knew this young woman. She attended classes at a university and studied religion. At this point the story becomes somewhat confused. Somehow and for some reason, other Afghans came to believe that the girl had burned a copy of the Koran. Hundreds heard the story and came looking for her. We do know that this mob beat her, they assaulted her, they finally burned her. There is no doubt there are people in Afghanistan who believe they have the right to murder in the name of Allah.
Government officials are shocked. Interior Minister Novrulhaq Ulumi made clear: “the accusation against her is completely invalid. She was a religious girl, she was not involved in the burnig of the Koran, she was innocent. It is very painful that we were not able to protect a pious young person.” It is now clear that policemen were part of the mob. The sad part of this story is that a religious girl was murdered gy those claiming to be religious. Something is very sad about this story. Unfortunately, it will occur again and again.