Different organization held a protest rally against the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a madrasa girl from Feni who was burnt in reprisal after sexual abuse charges against the principal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 12, 2019. A group of four unidentified persons poured kerosene on the 18-year-old girl and set her afire on April 6 allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case against the principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa over sexual assault on her late last month. (Photo by Mamunur Rashid/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Court Sentence 16 people to death after a 19-year-old female student was burned alive


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.

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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.


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