The woman's body was set on fire and thrown onto the banks of Kabul's main river on Thursday.
It was unclear whether she had actually burned a Koran, but during Friday prayers at a mosque in a smart area of Kabul, a cleric's sermon broadcast by loudspeaker told devotees that the crowd had a right to defend their Muslim beliefs at all costs.
"I am warning the government not to arrest those who did this, because it will mean an uprising," said the cleric at the Wazir Akbar Khan mosque.
Another Afghan man boasted on Facebook of participating in the lynching, saying that "pious people of Kabul, including myself, killed her and then burnt her. Her place is in hell."
A spokesman in the Kabul police chief's office also appeared to justify the killing, saying the woman had deliberately insulted Islam.
"This (person) thought, like several other unbelievers, that this kind of action and insult will get them U.S. or European citizenship. But before reaching their target, lost their life," Hashmat Stanekzai wrote on his Facebook page. (Continue Reading.)
Monday, March 23, 2015
Afghanistan: Cleric and Police Official Defend Lynching of Woman Accused of Burning a Qur'an
If you want someone dead in Afghanistan, all you have to do is yell, "She just burned a Qur'an!" The lynching that follows will even be defended by police and Muslim clerics.