Sixteen people have been sentenced to death in Bangladesh for the murder of a schoolgirl who was burned alive after she accused the headmaster in her school of sexually abusing her.
19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi was reportedly tied up, doused in kerosene and set on fire on the rooftop of her school in Feni, a small town 100 miles from Dhaka, back in April 2019.
Prosecutors said the attackers had pressured Nusrat to withdraw her complaint against the headmaster, but when she she refused, they set her alight. The attackers tried to make the death look like a suicide but their plan failed when the flames burned through a scarf used to tie her and she escaped.
While still on fire as she ran for help, she was rushed to hospital with burns to 80 percent of her body.
In a video filmed by her brother as they were rushing to the hospital, the victim explained what had happened and named some of her attackers.