SIXTEEN gang members face the death penalty for burning a school pupil alive after she accused her head teacher of sex abuse.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was doused in petrol before being set alight on an exam hall roof in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and died five days later.
Facebook Nusrat Jahan Rafi was rounded on and horribly attacked
The group of girls doused the teenager with kerosene before setting her alight after cops allegedly leaked her video interview about her abuse.
It had been filmed by officers after she went to a police station to accuse the headmaster of her school of touching her inappropriately last month.
But the interview footage, which Sun Online has chosen not to publish, was then leaked online.
And this sparked a backlash against Rafi and her family, which ended with her being set on fire by a gang of burqa-clad students at her school.
The 16 people responsible are to be charged over the murder and are now facing the death penalty.
Banaj Kumar Majumdar, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: “We will be submitting the charge sheet on Wednesday.”
BURNED ON SCHOOL ROOF
Nusrat claimed she was called into the head teacher’s office where he repeatedly touched her in an inappropriate manner.
She ran from the scene and told her family about the alleged sexual harassment before reporting the incident to the police the same day.
The interview was reportedly filmed by an officer on his phone as she described being molested.
It is unclear who shared the footage but the police are being blamed since it was stored on their computers.
Although she was said to be visibly distressed, a police officer is reported to have told her it was “no big deal”.
Nasrat was initially forced to stay at home as male pupils held a rally for the head teacher, but she came in to school for her Arabic language exam on April 6.
She was then lured to the roof by classmates who claimed one of her friends was being beaten up, but she was met by a group of girls in burkas.
They held her down, tied her up with a scarf and poured kerosene over her before setting her alight and running away.
‘TEACHER ORDERED INTIMIDATION ATTACK’
She suffered 80 per cent burns and died in hospital five days later, but not before telling what had happened.
It is alleged they were ordered to carry out the attack.
Senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation, said the teacher “told them to put pressure on Rafi to withdraw the case or kill her if she refused”.
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He had been held in custody ever since she accused him of attempted rape.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met Nusrat’s family in Dhaka and promised that every person involved in the killing would be bought to justice, saying: “None of the culprits will be spared from legal action.”
The death has prompted widespread protests across Bangladesh.
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