Burning of Nusrat to death set country ablaze
The death of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, came as a shocker for the whole country and showed how vulnerable the women are in this part. While her death took the country aback, it also stressed on the needs to be proactive in resisting the violence on women very quickly before the situation goes out of control.
Nusrat lost her battle for life at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on April 10, five days after she was set on fire at a madrasa in Feni on April 6.
She was set on fire as per the "instruction" of the madrasa principal Siraj Ud Dowla, said Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). Nusrat was set ablaze on April 6 mainly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against the principal for sexually harassing and assaulting her. Only a few minutes before the Alim exams on April 6, four burqa-clad people took Nusrat to the roof of the three-storey administrative building of the madrasa where she was set ablaze.
Her death sparked a widespread outrage in the country, on social media. It was such a death that for many was not endurable. But at the same time, Nusrat showed an example as to how to protest against the violence. Standing on the brink of the death, with 80 percent body being burnt, Nusrat refused to give up and told in details how she was harassed. Her audacity, her spirit also left the country spellbound, prompting many to idolize the girl.
"Nusrat is an inspiration for the girls. She has shown her protesting spirit. We must raise our voice against these molesters so that in future not a single girl faces such a tragedy like Nusrat," said Labonno, a student of English department of Dhaka University.
Many raised their voice and demanded exemplary punishment so that no one care dare to do such thing in future.
"We cannot expect that our girls will be safe unless the criminals are severely punished. An exemplary punishment is much needed to stop this kind of heinous act in future," said Tithi, another student of English department of Dhaka University.
The students of various universities found their voice high after watching how viciously Nusrat fought even when she was on the brink of eventual death.
"Nusrat is no more but we need to be courageous just like she was. We must fight for the establishment of justice," said Ankhi, a student of economics department of Dhaka University.
The countrywide protest also forced the law enforcement department to look into the matter quickly and carefully.
"We have so far found involvement of 13 people in the killing. Of them, four were mainly involved in the murder," PBI chief Bonoj Kumar Mazumder, Deputy Inspector General of police, told a briefing at PBI's headquarters in Dhanmondi recently.
Among the 13 people, four people, including two girls were directly involved in setting fire on Nusrat, he said.
A day before the arson attack, one of the accused Nur Uddin met principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Siraj Ud Dowla at the local jail.
"Nuruddin held a meeting at the madrasa's hostel on April 5 as per the instruction of Siraj Ud Dowla," said Bonoj.