Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was drenched with kerosene and set on hearth at her faculty in Bangladesh simply two weeks after she had filed a sexual harassment grievance in opposition to her headmaster.
Nusrat was from Feni, a small city south of Dhaka. She was learning at a madrassa.
On 27 March, she was known as by her headmaster into his office, who repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate method. Earlier than issues obtained worst, she ran out.
The sufferer with the assistance of her household went to the police station and gave a press release in opposition to the headmaster. The police officer in cost filmed her assertion on his telephone as she described her ordeal.
Nusrat, who was visibly distressed within the video and tries to cover her face together with her palms. The policeman is heard calling the grievance “no massive deal” and instructed the sufferer to maneuver her palms from her face. The video was later leaked to native media.
Victims in Bangladesh usually face discrimination from their households, communities and in some circumstances violent assaults.
After she went to the police, they arrested the headmaster. Issues then obtained even worst for Nusrat as protest calling for the discharge of the headmaster was organized by two male college students and native politicians. Individuals began accountable Nusrat and her household started to fret about her security.
Regardless of the challenges, on 6 April, Nusrat was despatched to her faculty to sit down her ultimate exams.
In accordance with a press release given by Nusrat, a fellow feminine scholar took her to the roof of her faculty, the place 4 or 5 individuals carrying burqas surrounded her and pressured her to withdraw the case. When she declined, they set her on hearth.
In accordance with police, the killers wished “to make it appear to be a suicide” however Nursat was rescued from the scene of the crime.
She was taken to an area hospital, the place docs discovered burns protecting 80% of her body. Unable to deal with her burns, she was despatched to Dhaka Medical Faculty Hospital.
Within the ambulance, Nusrat recorded a press release on her brother’s cell phone, the place she recognized a few of her attackers as college students on the madrassa.
Information of Nusrat’s well being dominated Bangladeshi media. On 10 April, 1000’s of individuals turned out for her funeral in Feni.
Nusrat’s demise has sparked protests, as 1000’s of protesters got here on to social media to precise their anger.
The headmaster stays in custody and the policeman who filmed Nusrat’s sexual harassment grievance was transferred to a different division.