Justice Done: Bangladesh sentences 16 to death for burning teen girl alive

  • 18-year-old Nusrat Jahan was set on fire in a ( مدرسہ ) seminary

Sixteen people, including a seminary organizer in Bangladesh, have been sentenced to death for burning a teenage girl alive for failing to withdraw charges of harassment.

In April, 18-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi was set on fire by attackers spraying kerosene. It happened on the roof of a madrassa in the Fanny area. Nusrat accused the seminary official of repeatedly touching himself inappropriately. Police had registered the crime that Nusrat was killed on the order of the same madrasa.

Following the death of Nusrat Rafi, there was widespread protests in Bangladesh in which angry protesters demanded punishment for the killers.

Prosecutor Hafiz Ahmed said on the court’s decision, “We are happy with this decision.”

Nusrat Rafi alleged that the seminary teacher had inappropriately touched him several times in his office.

She was called to the rooftop when she went to her annual exam, and pressured by several people there to withdraw the charges against seminary teacher. On her deny, they set her on fire.

When Nusrat was shifted to the hospital, 80% of his body was burned.

Moving to the hospital, she recorded on his brother’s phone the identity of the students who attacked him.

He said, “The madrassa Qari had touched me. I will fight against this crime till the last breath. ” Four days later, on April 10, she died.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a meeting with Nusrat’s family, promised to bring their killers to justice.

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