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Protesters Demand Justice in Kabul Woman's Death


In Kabul, thousands of protesters took to the streets demanding justice for a woman who was beaten to death by a mob after being falsely accused of burning a Koran.

Farkhunda, the 27-year-old victim, who was a religious scholar, was beaten and run over by a car before her body was dragged along the road and thrown into a river.

An eyewitness told The Associated Press that a fortune teller outside the mosque accused her of burning Islam's holy book.

"She said, 'I am a Muslim and Muslims do not burn the Koran.' As more people gathered, the police were trying to push them away but it got out of control," the eyewitness recalled.

"The people pulled her into a corner of the yard and beat her with sticks, and one man took a large stone and dropped it on her. That was the end," the eyewitness said.

Women carried her coffin at the funeral in defiance of traditional male-only pallbearers. 

Police report 18 people have been arrested and 13 police officers suspended as part of the investigation.

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