Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order: A schoolgirl in Bangladesh was burned to death on the orders of her head teacher after she reported about him for sexually harassing her. The 18-year-old Bangladeshi student, who was studying in a madrasa, was set on fire for complaining about being sexually harassed by the school’s principal. The Prime Minister promised to prosecute all those involved after the people across the South Asian nation protested for her justice.
Earlier the victim went to the police on March 27 to file a report against her principal Maulana Siraj Ud Doula and claimed that he used to call her into his office and repeatedly touched her inappropriately. She also claimed that she was asked not to raise the voice and withdraw the case by the teachers. They also threatened her to be killed if the same will not be done by her, said a senior police superintendent Mohammad Iqbal, who is leading the investigation.
On April 6th, the victim was taken to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary where the attackers have asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with the police. When she refused, she was drenched over kerosine and was set on fire by at least four unidentified people.
According to the police, the attackers dressed in burkhas to hide their faces and tried to pressure the victim into withdrawing her complaint against Siraj Ud Doula and set her on fire when she refused.
She was rushed to a local hospital but was transferred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after doctors found that she had suffered 80 percent burns on her body. She died on April 10.
But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal. Reports said that 17 people have been arrested by the police, in connection with the cruelty.
The case has caused outrage in Bangladesh. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met the victim’s family in Dhaka and vowed, “None of the culprits will be spared from legal action.”
State police said that the accused responsible for setting the victim on fire were all students of the madrasa including one woman.
Upon interrogation, they revealed they were acting on Siraj Ud Doula’s order.
A police officer had filmed her statement without her consent, in which the distraught victim could be seen crying, and trying to hide her face. Later the video was leaked to the local media.
An investigation has also been launched against the Police’s negligence. The police officer who took the victim’s video has been transferred and has been charged with negligence leading to her death as well as violating the cyber privacy laws of the country.