16 Sentenced to Death After Bangladesh Teen Burnt Alive

A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.

The trial has been one of the quickest in a country where such cases usually take years to conclude.

“The verdict proves that nobody will get away with murder in Bangladesh. We have the rule of law,” prosecutor Hafez Ahmed told reporters after the verdict in a crowded courtroom.

Nusrat was lured to her school’s rooftop on 6 April this year, 11 days after she reported the headmaster, Siraj Ud Doula, to police for repeatedly touching her inappropriately.

She was then surrounded by four or five people wearing burqas, pressuring her to withdraw her complaint.

When she refused, Nusrat Jahan Rafi was doused in kerosene and set on fire by them.

According to police, they had hoped to make it look like a suicide. Instead, she was rescued.

The death of 19-year-old Rafi in April this year sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promising to fast-track the case.

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