Dhaka: Sixteen people were sentenced to death on Friday by a court in Bangladesh for the murder of a teenager who was set ablaze after she reported a sexual harassment case against the principal.
The ruling in Bangladesh’s Feni district, comes six months after 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi was killed.
Rafi accused her school principal, Siraj ud Doula for harassing her sexually and filed a complaint with local police.
Rafi was targeted after refusing to withdraw an allegation that she had been sexually harassed by the principal.
Police spokesman Banaj Kumar Muzumdar said Doula then contracted several people to kill the teenager and ordered the perpetrators to make her death look like a suicide.
‘Rafi was lured out of her school classroom and onto the roof, where a group of men drenched her in kerosene and set her on fire’ Muzumdar said.
Having sustained 80% burns, Rafi died five days later, having been moved to a hospital in Dhaka in a case that prompted national outrage.
The principal was one of the 16 sentenced to death. Each of the 16 was also fined 1,183 dollars.