A 12-year-old house help named Jui was allegedly murdered by her employers, who poured boiling water on her and denied her any medical treatment for more than a week to cover up the incident.
Jui suffered for eight days with scald wounds from her neck down before succumbing to death on Thursday morning in Dinajpur.
Her employers – medicine company representative Alamgir Alam and her wife Kudrat Un Nahar – did not even notify Jui's family of her injuries or her death.
When they finally brought Jui's body to her home in Panchagarh's Kuralipara, angry locals saw her scalded body and held the couple captive and beat them up. However, they were rescued by local Jubo League leader Golam Faruk.
The couple then allegedly used their influence to settle the matter with Jui's family without having autopsy done on her scalded body.
Local Jubo League leaders reportedly negotiated a Tk3 lakh compensation for the victim's family on condition that they would not report the incident to the police.
On Thursday night, Jui was buried without having any post-mortem exam done.
When contacted, Alamgir denied allegations of torture, but claimed that boiling water had accidentally fallen on Jui. Alamgir also said he neither took the young girl to a doctor nor notified her parents as he feared police harassment.
Although Pancahgarh Deputy Commissioner Amal Krishna Mandal, Superintendent of Police Md Giasuddin Ahmed, and Boda police station OC Abul Kalam Azad were notified of the incident, they all said they could not do anything as the alleged crime had taken place in Dinajpur and not in their own jurisdiction.
Boda OC Azad, however, said they would take action if the parents of the victim filed any case with the police.
Despite repeated calls for comment, Jubo League leader Golam Faruk did not pick up his phone.