The Monitor's View Afghanistan's trial against fear

Unusual public concern over the mob murder of a woman has forced a televised trial that includes police among the accused. Afghan society may be at a turning point for women’s rights and rule of law.

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Sometimes a dramatic event can cause an entire nation to pivot for the better. In 1955, for example, the killing of a black boy, Emmett Till, in Mississippi sparked the civil rights movement. In Baltimore, the coming trial of six police officers in the case of the death of Freddie Gray could drive a national campaign to end police abuse.