I wrote about this horrific crime some time ago. The unthinkable that a beautiful, brave, young girl. Nusrat Jahan Rafi would be so diabolically murdered for telling her TRUE story of sexual harassment. Her bravery caused the loss of her life. HOWEVER, IN BANGLADESH JUSTICE WAS SERVED. Sixteen inhumane horrible people were sentenced to death for their evil. I’m encouraged to see JUSTICE IS SERVED elsewhere in the world. Now it’s time, past time, for the United States to serve some JUSTICE.
A court in southern Bangladesh has sentenced 16 people to death over the murder of a student who was set on fire after she accused a teacher at an Islamic school of sexual harassment.
The ruling by a special women and children’s tribunal on Monday came six months after 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s murder.
The young woman had died of burn wounds in April after she was doused in kerosene and set alight for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against the principal of a school where she was a student.
Hafez Ahmed, lead prosecutor in the case, welcomed Monday’s verdict, saying it proved no one could get away with murder in Bangladesh. “It’s an achievement for the judiciary,” he said.
Mahmudul Hasan Noman, Rafi’s brother, said he was “happy” to see justice served in his sister’s killing.
“They all took part in the murder. Now they have to face the consequences,” he said.
“The whole country had seen what happened to my daughter. She was an innocent girl and was brutally murdered for her strong stance against a wrongdoing.”
On the day of the attack, Rafi was lured to the roof of the school, where five others bound her hands and feet with a scarf and set her ablaze, the police said. The killers had planned to pass off the murder as a suicide, but Rafi managed to run downstairs after the flames burned through the scarf binding her limbs.
In the ambulance, Rafi identified some of her attackers in a video statement and said: “The teacher touched me. I will fight this crime till my last breath.”
She suffered burns to 80 percent of her body and died in hospital five days later.
Her death sparked protests across Bangladesh, prompting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to promise speedy action in the case.
“It’s not just about murder; the reason because of which Nusrat was killed shocked the whole country. She wanted to get justice for her sexual harassment, instead of getting that, she was killed brutally … A verdict like this is necessary to let people know that you can’t get away with sexual harassment.”
*With 80 percent of her body burned for telling her story of sexual harassment…the murderers NEVER TOOK Nusrat
Jahan Rafi’s soul.