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Bangladeshis Protest After Sexually Assaulted Girl Burned to Death

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7Dnews London - AFP

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 16:31 GMT

Demonstrations were held in protest across the Bangladesh capital Saturday April 20th for the tenth consecutive day, after a teenager who accused a head teacher of sexually harassing her, was burned to death.

The killing of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi has sparked outrage across the South Asian nation and put police action in the case under the spotlight, according to AFP

Protesters in Dhaka chanted slogans demanding the death sentence for the killers of the girl, who police say was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended in Feni, south of the capital.

Police said the attackers then ordered her to withdraw a police complaint against the head of the school. When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire.

Rafi died in hospital on April 10 after suffering 80% burns.

Eighteen people, including the head teacher, have been arrested.

Her death has set off demonstrations in several cities across the Muslim-majority country of 165 million.

Many believe the murder has exposed a "culture of impunity" surrounding sex crimes against women and children, while those who complain often feel the backlash.

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