- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Afghans rallied by the thousands on Tuesday in support of a 27-year-old woman who was set on fire, beaten, run over and killed over the false allegation that she burned a Koran.

Government officials joined citizens who demanded justice for Farkhunda, the woman falsely accused of the religious insult last Thursday. Her body was eventually found in the Kabul River.

“We want the killers to be publicly hanged, so it doesn’t happen tomorrow. We won’t give up until justice done,” protester Said Zubida told reporters, CBS reported Tuesday.

“This incident shows that Afghan women are not safe, and Afghanistan is the worst place for women,” Fawzia Kofi, a female member of parliament, CBS reported.

Ms. Kofi is a part of a special commission set up by President Ashraf Ghani to investigate the killing.

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior confirmed that “police did not find any paper being torched in the shire,” and the victim’s family said she was a religious school student whose knowledge of Islam likely surpassed her killers, CBS reported.

Officials said 42 people have been detained in connection to the case, including 20 police officers.

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