Bangladesh sentences 16 to death for teenager’s murder


A court in southern Bangladesh has sentenced 16 people to death over the murder of Nusrat Jahan, a 16-year-old student who was set ablaze after accusing a teacher at an Islamic school of sexual harassment.

Jahan died of burn wounds in April after she was doused in kerosene and burnt alive for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against the principal of a school where she was a student.

She suffered severe burns and died in hospital five days later.

Siraj Ud Doula, the headteacher at the Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was among the 16 sentenced to death. He denied involvement in the killing, but 12 of the suspects had confessed to the crime, according to prosecutors.

Doula’s lawyer, Mahfuzul Haque, said he would appeal the ruling.

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.

Jahan’s murder sparked public outrage and mass protests calling for her killers to be brought to justice. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had met the victim’s family and vowed to prosecute all those involved.

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