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Nusrat murder: Four of the convicted appeal death sentence

  • Published at 05:43 pm December 2nd, 2019
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Police escort the accused after verdict at Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal premises in Feni on Thursday, October 24, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Nusrat was set on fire in broad daylight on April 6

Four convicts involved in the Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case have appealed to the High Court challenging their death sentence.

Lawyer Jamiul Haque Faysal filed the appeal on behalf of the four convicts with the High Court bench concerned on Sunday.

The petitioners are: SM Sirajuddaula, former principal of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa, Nur Uddin, Sakhawat Hossain Jabed, and Umme Sultana Popy.

On October 24, the Feni Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of Nusrat who was set on fire after refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against her institution’s principal, SM Sirajuddaula, under Section 4(1)/30 of the Woman and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000.

The convicted are: prime accused SM Sirajuddaula, who orchestrated Nusrat’s murder, Nur Uddin, Shahdat Hossain Shamim, Maksud Alam, Saifur Rahman Md Zobayer, Sakhawat Hossain Jabed, Abdul Kader, Absar Uddin, Kamrun Nahar Moni, Umme Sultana Popy, Abdur Rahim Sharif, Eftekhar Uddin Rana, Imran Hossain Mamun, Mohammad Shamim, Ruhul Amin, and Mohiuddin Shakil. 

The court also fined all the offenders Tk1 lakh each, and ordered the Feni district magistrate to hand over the money, once realized, to Nusrat's parents.

On April 6, 18 year old Nusrat, an alim examinee of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire in broad daylight on the roof of the madrasa by people loyal to principal Md Sirajuddaula, when she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment case her family filed against him on May 27.

She succumbed to her critical burn injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10, which sparked nationwide outrage and a public demand for swift justice and punishment of the perpetrators.

The brutality inflicted on her triggered nationwide protests. Tens of thousands of people attended Nusrat’s funeral prayers in her hometown, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged that her family would get swift justice.