Protesters took to the streets last week in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for a 19-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal, the ABC has reported.
When she initially reported the harassment charges to the police, she was allegedly told in response that it was “no big deal.”
The ABC report reads as follows: Nusrat Jahan Rafi was lured to the roof of her rural school on April 6 and asked to withdraw the charges by five people clad in burqas.
When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight.
Ms Rafi recounted her story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone. "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime till my last breath," you can hear her say, the BBC revealed.
She died four days later with burns covering 80 per cent of her body.
Protests are resounding in Bangladesh concerning the plight of women and girls following the death of Ms Rafi, as many are too intimidated to report abuse and harassment for fear of social stigma or lack of protection.
According to the BBC, police have since arrested 15 people, seven of them allegedly involved in the murder. Among those arrested are the two male students who organised the protest in support of the headmaster. The headmaster himself remains in custody. The policeman who filmed Nusrat's sexual harassment complaint has been removed from his post and transferred to another department.
Justice for Nusrat - and all those who have suffered sexual harassment and abuse. This should never happen.
Do you like this post?