Bangladesh: 16 get death sentence for murder of schoolgirl
Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused her school principal of sexual abuse, Daily Mail reported.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was lured to her school's rooftop on 6 April this year, 11 days after she reported the headmaster to police for repeatedly touching her inappropriately. Nusrat was then surrounded by four or five people wearing burqas, pressuring her to withdraw her complaint. When she refused, they set her on fire. According to police, they had hoped to make it look like a suicide. Instead, BBC reports that she managed to escape and get help.
Headteacher Siraj Ud Doula was among three teachers found guilty of the case, along with two leaders of a local political party.
She ran for help with fire on her and was rushed to hospital with burns up to 80 percent of her body.
While on the way to the hospital, her brother made a video explaining what had happened and revealed some of the culprits in the video. Before she died, the young schoolgirl vowed to fight till she dies. "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime till my last breath," she said, naming some of her attackers. She died four days later in a hospital.
This incident spurned outrage which eventually led to the sentencing of those involved in killing the girl sentenced to death.
By Jude Chukwuemeka