- Nusrat was sexually harassed by madrasa principal Siraj Ud Doula on March 27
- Siraj was later arrested and sent to jail in a harassment case
- Nusrat was set on fire by Siraj's followers on April 6
- Nusrat suffered 80 percent burn, later died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10
- All 16 accused including Siraj have been sentenced to death
A Feni court sentenced all 16 accused to death in sensational Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.
The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Mamunur Rashid passed the verdict today.
The death convicts are - SM Siraj-ud-Doula, Nur Uddin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Councilor Maksud Alam, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zubayer, Zabed Hossain, Hafez Abdul Kader, Afsar Uddin, Kamrun Nahar Moni, Umme Sultana, Abdur Rahim Sharif, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Imran Hossain, Mohammad Shamim, Ruhul Amin and Mohiuddin Shakil.
The court also fined each with Tk1 lakh.
Most of the accused became furious after the verdict announcement and threatened Nusrat's father in front of the court.
What happened to Nusrat?
Nusrat, a student of Feni's Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire on April 6 this year for refusing to withdraw a case against her madrasa principal, Siraj Ud Doula, for sexually assaulting her in March. Siraj Ud Doula was later arrested and sent to jail.
The principal in jail was visited by his associates whom he instructed to intimidate Nusrat's family into withdrawing the case and, if necessary, he ordered them to kill Nusrat, according to Banaj Kumar Majumder, chief of the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI).
Acting on his instructions, four associates of the principal took Nusrat, only a few minutes before the Alim exams on April 6, to the roof of the administrative building of the madrasa, saying that one of her friends was being assaulted there. Later they set fire on Nusrat.
She suffered burns over 80% of her body. She died 4 days later on the 10 April at the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.