Bangladeshi Teenage Girl Burned to Death After Reporting Sexual Harassment

Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a 19-year-old girl who reported her headmaster for sexual harassment, died on April 10 after being set on fire at school. Nusrat’s death has resulted in protests and outrage on social media. Since her death, police have arrested 15 people, including seven individuals who were allegedly involved in the murder. “None of the culprits will be spared from legal action,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who met with Nusrat’s family in Dhaka. Nusrat was studying at a madrassa, or Islamic school when her headmaster called her to his office and began to inappropriately touch her repeatedly. Nusrat ran out of his office and immediately reported the incident to the police with the help of her family. While she was giving a statement to the police, an officer in charge began filming her statement on his phone. The police disregarded her report as “no big deal” and leaked the video of her report to local media. Police arrested the headmaster and a group of people began protesting in the streets to demand his release. Two male students arranged the protest where local politicians were allegedly in attendance. Nusrat continued to face abuse and threats from the local community […]

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