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Afghan Deputy Information Minister dismissed for endorsing Farkhunda’s lynching

AT- Kabul: Deputy Information and Culture Minister, Simeen Hasanzada, has been dismissed for publicly endorsing the brutal lynching of a young woman, who was beaten to death by an angry mob in Kabul city for allegedly burning a copy of the holy Quran two weeks back.

The 27-year-old Farkhunda was brutally beaten to death and her body was set on fire by angry mob in Shahi Do Shamshira, a prominent shrine in Kabul city, where police were unable to prevent the angry people from beating the girl.

Mrs. Hasanzada justified and praised the mob for lynching the woman on her Facebook account soon after the news was circulated in media that a woman has burned a copy of Quran. However she later apologized for her statement in Facebook and several interviews in media outlets, but the case finally led to her dismissal, according to sources in presidential palace, who gave the information to several local media outlets.

At least 47 people including the custodian and the servants of the shrine have been arrested by police after investigations revealed the accusations were false and no proof was found to prove the holy Quran was burned.

Before this, Ministry of Interior dismissed Kabul Police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, who had allegedly justified the lynching in a statement written on is personnel Facebook account.

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