A 19 year old Bangladesh girl was burnt to death by her school mates, after she accused her school head master for sexually molesting her in his office.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi was from a small town, came from a conservative family, and went to a religious school. For a girl in her position, reporting sexual harassment can come with consequences. Victims often face judgement from their communities, harassment, in person and online, and in some cases violent attacks. Nusrat went on to experience all of these.
On 27 March, after she went to the police, they arrested the headmaster. Things then got worse for Nusrat. A group of people gathered in the streets demanding his release. The protest had been arranged by two male students and local politicians were allegedly in attendance. People began to blame Nusrat. Her family say they started to worry about her safety.
Her fellow female student directed her to her killers and they poured kerosene on her body and set her on fire. She was rescued afterwards but died later.
Women have a right to their bodies. It’s a shame that the man who was supposed to guide her towards attaining a successful education, was the man who led her to her death. Worst of all, her fellow students killed her.
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