A 19-year-old schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said Friday (April 19).
Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the sexual harassment, and a leaked video shows the local police station chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as “not a big deal”. Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the seminary she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police. When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.
Police said Friday that one of the 17 people arrested in connection with her death had accused the school’s principal of ordering the attack. The teacher “told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused”, senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation. Iqbal said at least five of those under arrest, including three of Rafi’s classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire.