I was reading about the plight of women in Afghanistan for obvious reasons and happened to stumble upon this gruesome incident. On 15th March 2015, a 27-year-old Afghan girl Farkhunda Malikzada, wrongly accused of burning a Quran was killed by a furious mob in central Kabul. Few incidents can match the cruelty of this episode. Farkhunda Malikzada, a student of Islamic law had been working as a volunteer teacher. On a fateful day, she got into an argument with Zain-ul-Din, the caretaker at the Shah-e Du Shamshira shrine who was selling charms in the name of religion. Farkhunda called those charms un-Islamic and superstitious. In the effort to save his business, he started shouting, “This woman is an American and she has burnt the Quran!”
In no time, hundreds of men gathered and started throwing stones at the woman who found herself in an unavoidable situation. Policemen were present at the spot but they seemed to do nothing.
I found the video of the brutal incident and hence pasted it at the end of this article. People who are not comfortable watching the heinous sequence are advised to avoid it.
Farkhunda Malikzada was brutally killed with stones by around 150 men of her own country and religion. They didn’t stop at that. Her lifeless body was crushed under a car and then burnt. The incident got international coverage. This could be the reason we are having access to this episode. We don’t have an idea how many women suffer from these brutal beatings every day.
What we learnt from Farkhunda Malikzada case
Farkhunda episode exposed many truths about Afghanistan men and women.
* Women have no say in most of the matters. If a woman gathers the courage to speak against the man’s monopoly, her voice is curbed in such a horrible manner that the rest of the woman tribe gets a frightening lesson to not to raise a voice against injustice.
** Men in Afghanistan have a fixed mindset and they treat a woman as a commodity. For them, women should not gain education or lead in any matter. Not only this, fashion, sports and music are forbidden for women. I feel that Afghanistan is not fair to its women when it comes to freedom and expression.
*** Farkhunda Malikzada was killed in broad daylight by the people of her country whom she had considered as her saviours. They killed her for a crime she didn’t even commit. While some men participated in throwing stones on the innocent Farkhunda, the rest filmed the incident on their mobile phones. Heartless is an inadequate word to describe those people. The video given below is the collection of the short clips recorded by the ‘onlookers’.
Afghanistan is a country where women struggle to live with dignity. It’s a shame on humanity that today many women have to suffer because of the beastly instincts of men. While the world is fast moving towards the next evolution stage, such happenings push us back to the stone age. We who are living far away from Afghanistan can feel the agony, the women go through in that country. Think, how traumatic it would be for those women whose life is a vicious cycle of these occurrences.
Women Safety in Afghanistan
Safety is a word, Afghanistan women can’t relate to. From domestic abuse to social inequality, Afghan women go through a lot of traumatic ordeals in their lifetimes. When women around the world are crying out for equal gender rights, these women don’t even get the right to survive with dignity. I can’t see hope nearby as the Taliban have taken control of the country, to worsen the situation.
This post is written as a part of Blogchatter’s Cause A Chatter challenge.