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Protesters demand arrest of Feni student attackers

  • Published at 04:24 pm April 9th, 2019
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Protesters arrange a human chain under the banner of Karmojibi Nari at the Feni central Shaheed Minar on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The female student was set on fire on April 6

Karmojibi Nari has staged a human chain demanding the arrest and exemplary punishment of those involved in setting a Feni madrasa student on fire.

The human chain was staged—to express the people’s anger at the delay in arresting the culprits—at the Feni central Shaheed Minar under the banner of Karmajibi Nari.

During the human chain, Karmojibi Nari, a rights-based national organization, also demanded the expulsion of Principal Sirajuddaula for attempted rape.

The female student was set on fire after she went to the Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa on April 6 to sit for her Alim examinations, equivalent to Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) tests.

Four burqa-clad students called her to the roof and threatened her to withdraw a case her family had previously filed against the institute’s Principal Sirajuddaula over an alleged rape attempt.

They poured kerosene on her and set her on fire, when she refused, according to her family.

Police and others rescued her after hearing her cries for help and took her to Sonagazi Upazila Health complex. She was later shifted to Feni General Hospital before being transferred to the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH).

On Monday morning, she was put on life support at DMCH’s burn unit after her condition deteriorated.

Doctors had earlier said her injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

The same day, Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina ordered for the feni madrasa student to be shifted to Singapore for better treatment. 

On Tuesday, Dr Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of DMCH Burn and Plastic Surgery Unit, told Dhaka Tribune that—after consulting with the doctors of the Singapore General Hospital via video conference—the DMCH authorities have said it will not be possible to shift her to Singapore for treatment.