Farkhunda Malikzada
(1987 - 2015)

Farkhunda Malikzada


Kabul , Afghanistan
March 19, 2015

This site is dedicated to Farkhunda Malikzada.
She was a 27-year-old Afghan woman who was lynched by a mob in Kabul on March 19, 2015. She was murdered after allegedly arguing with a mullah who falsely accused her of burning the Quran, the holy book of Islam. Police investigations revealed that she had not burned anything. Her death led to 49 arrests and was protested by women's rights activists. In May 2015, four men were sentenced to death for their roles in her murder, and eight were given prison terms.
Farkhunda was an observant Muslim who wore a veil. At the time of the attack, she had just finished a degree in religious studies and was preparing to take a teaching post. Her name meant "auspicious" and "jubilation".
Farkhunda had previously been arguing with a mullah, in front of a mosque where she worked as a religious teacher, about his practice of selling charms at the Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the Shrine of the King of Two Swords, a religious shrine in Kabul. During this argument, the mullah reportedly accused her of burning the Quran. She responded

"I am a Muslim, and Muslims do not burn the Quran!"

According to eyewitnesses, hundreds of angry civilians flocked to the mosque upon overhearing the mullah's accusation. They dragged out Farkhunda and started to beat her. She was thrown from a roof, run over by a car, and beaten with sticks and stones outside the mosque. The mob then set her body alight and dumped it in the Kabul River while police allegedly looked on. Farkhunda's parents said the killing was instigated by the mullah with whom Farkhunda had been talking, who, according to Tolo News, began loudly accusing her of burning the Quran "in order to save his job and life." An eyewitness said that the mob was chanting anti-American and anti-democratic slogans while beating Farkhunda.

The public reaction in Afghanistan was of shock and anger. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Kabul on 23 March protesting her brutal death. Protesters marched from where the attack began to where Farkhunda was thrown in the river. A number of women on the march wore masks of her bloodied face while others condemned the government for failing to bring security to Afghanistan. Shukria Barakzai, a member of parliament representing Kabul Province and a longtime women’s rights activist, told Al Jazeera that her killing had triggered the city and the rest of the country to think about women's rights. She said: "This is not a male or female issue, this is a human issue and we will not stop until the killers are brought to justice." Roshan Siren, a former Member of Parliament said that the murder highlights violence against women in the country, and has become a rallying point for a younger generation of women to campaign for "the protection and progress of women."
The woman's father complained that police could have done more to save Farkhunda.
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into the incident and, in a statement released by his office, condemned the "act of extreme violence". He described the killing as "heinous". He also said that Farkhunda's death revealed that Afghanistan's police were too focused on the Taliban insurgency in the country and not focused enough on local policing.

Nine men who were seen in the video of Farkhunda's murder on social media were subsequently detained. The Interior Ministry later reported that 28 people were arrested and 13 police officers suspended as part of investigations. Hashmat Stanikzai was sacked over comments that he made on social media supporting Farkhunda's killers
The Afghanistan Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs announced that it found no evidence that Farkhunda had burned the Quran.
The European Union condemned the attack. A spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that " he killing of Ms Farkhunda... is a tragic reminder of dangers women face from false accusations and the lack of justice in Afghanistan." She added, "We all hope that responsible can be brought to justice." The United States also condemned the murder, with a statement from its embassy in Kabul calling for "those responsible to be brought to justice so such heinous acts will never occur again".

Global Times China columnist Farman Nawaz wrote "Choosing rulers through the ballot box is a positive sign for the country, but the survival, and even growth, of extremist mentality even after suffering from the barbarism of extremist groups reflects a critical failure by Afghan political parties". Afghan American historian Ali A Olomi argued that Farkhunda's murder demonstrated the endurance of an underlying culture of violence and devaluation of human life that comes out of generations of Afghans being raised during a war and facing oppression.
Senior Islamic scholars in Afghanistan also expressed outrage over the incident. Ahmad Ali Jebreili, a member of Afghanistan's Ulama Council set for administering Islamic law, condemned the attack, accusing it of contravening Islam. Haji Noor Ahmad, a local cleric, said "People come and execute a person arbitrarily; this is totally prohibited and unlawful. However, some justified her killing and were met with public anger." Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi, a prominent, conservative, Islamic scholar, expressed horror on his Facebook page and said "A sign of how truly civilized a nation is, is how it treats its women. May Allah restore the honor and respect that women deserve in our societies!".
Yama Rasaw of the International Policy Digest blamed intolerance among Afghans and Muslims for the killing of Farkhunda.

On March 23, hundreds of women protested the attack, demanding that the government prosecute those responsible for Farkhunda's death. The protest was organized by Solidarity Party of Afghanistan and residents of Kabul. Farkhunda's death has also become a rallying point for women's rights activists in Afghanistan. On March 24, thousands of people protested the attack in front of the Afghan Ministry of Justice in Kabul.

On March 22, a number of women, dressed in black, carried Farkhunda's coffin from an ambulance to a prayer ground and then to a graveyard. This was a marked departure from tradition, which holds that such funerals are typically only attended by men.

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@ Ala Homo (fellow human) yet wants to snipe others not so fellow human after all.

People like you that are ignorant and void of knowledge that preach hate and encourage violence are exactly the kind that falsely accused her and killed her in cold blood.

You call this Book that she died protecting "devil's book" yet the contents of the book say to feed the hungry, shelter the orphans and the weak, give in charity to those less fortunate, protect the sanctity of human life , to respect and fulfill the rights of fellow humans and it goes on and on and on.

You think the devil would encourage good? Because if he did it would defeat the purpose of him being the devil.

Think before you speak or write in this case. Try reading the book for yourself online before you slander it and make a fool out of yourself in public forums. Those that encourage violence and hatred only affirm their ignorance.

AbdAllah AbdRahman (Brother)
April 5th, 2019
Where is the justice ? Can't blame her for wanting to burn the book of the devil . The best way to end this type of behavior is to have snipers ready to blow there heads off as you burn the book of the child molester . Nothing more than desert rats.
Ala Homo (Fellow human )
December 29th, 2017
I know you're in a much better place than you were afforded here on earth. Rest in peace.
Rohan Dia (A world citizen)
October 30th, 2016
Stephan Sweeton (Brother)
December 27th, 2015
This is the memorial I set up for Farkhunda Malikzada. To sign the guest book, click on the "Sign Guest Book" button below.
Anna Annie
May 22nd, 2015
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"R.I.P Farkhunda."
Anna Annie
May 22nd, 2015


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