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Nationwide protests spark demanding justice for Nusrat

Justice fro Nusrat
Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council activists demonstrate on DU campus on Thursday Mahumud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

In the wake of her death, emotional and outraged citizens, from all walks of life have come together to hold demonstrations throughout several districts on Thursday

Overwhelming protests demanding justice following the death of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, have stirred the whole nation. 

Nusrat was a madrasa student, who lost her battle for life Wednesday night, five days after she was set ablaze at a madrasa in Feni.

Sadness and sorrow draped her hometown, Uttar Charsandia in the Sonagazi upazila, as heartbroken grievers, from near and far waited for her body to arrive. 

Nusrat’s namaz-e-janaza was held at the Sonagazi Md Saber Govt Model Pilot High School ground around 6pm on Thursday. People from all walks of life came together offered their solemn condolences and prayed for the eternal peace of her departed soul.

Her funeral ceremony saw the biggest turnout in the district, with thousands of students, teachers, and members of children organizations, attending from all across the country.

She was later laid to rest beside her grandmother’s grave at her family graveyard in Uttar Charsandia, around 6:15pm. 

After completing the janaza and burial, emotionally torn locals organized a human chain in the Sadar upazila, led by prominent local personalities and leaders. 

After battling death for five days with 80% burn injuries on her body, the 18-year-old madrasa student, who was set ablaze last Saturday, died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Two more remanded

A Feni court on Thursday placed two people, arrested over the incident, on a five-day remand.

The two are Zubayer Ahmed, an Alim student and Umme Sultana Puthi, an Alim examinee and niece of main suspect, the madrasa principal.

Feni Senior Judicial Magistrate Sharafuddin passed the order, who had earlier placed seven suspects in remand, including the prime suspect, Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa Principal Siraj-ud-Daula. 

 In the wake of her death, emotional and outraged citizens, from all walks of life have come together to hold demonstrations throughout several districts on Thursday.  

Dhaka University human chain

Students of Dhaka University (DU) law faculty, formed a human chain, demanding justice against culprits responsible.

Protestors urged concerned authorities to ensure exemplary punishment of the culprits involved with the incident.


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Later, a procession was brought out on the key streets of the campus that ended at the base of Anti-Terrorism Raju Memorial Sculpture.

Dhaka

Samajtantrik Mohila Forum, a left-leaning women's organization, on Wednesday staged a protest rally in Dhaka demanding justice for Nusrat.

The leaders and activists of the platform also formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club protesting the brutality on the Alim examinee.

Kurigram 

Demanding the maximum punishment of madrasa principal Maulana Siraj ud-Daula, a human chain was organized in the Ulipur upazila, on Thursday.

The demonstration was organized by the Ulipur Press Club and Railway, Waterway Communication and Environment Development Committee in Ulipur town. 

Jamalpur

Madrasa students and teachers in Jamalpur, formed a human chain on the Jamalpur-Madhupur Highway on Thursday.

 Bangladesh Madrasa Teachers’ Union organized the demonstration, demanding exemplary punishment of those who are responsible for Nusrat’s death.

Khulna

Bangladesh General Students Rights Council in Khulna formed a human chain in the metropolitan’s Shib Bari intersection, on Thursday.  


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The student protestors demanded execution by hanging the perpetrators. 

Barisal 

Agitating students demanding removal of Barisal University vice chancellor continued for the 16th day. They observed silence and held mourning programs, demanding exemplary punishments of those who are responsible of the death of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.

The student group blocked the Barisal-Kuakata highway on Thursday.

Chandpur

Students of the Hajiganj upazila formed a human chain, demanding justice against the responsible culprits, on Thursday evening.

Protestors brought out placards with slogans such as: “We want a rape-free Bangladesh” and “We want justice for Nusrat”, in front of the historic Hajiganj Boro Masjid.

One of the protestors, Abu Bakkar Siddique asked: “We are we getting news of rape and sexual harassment every day, when will this end?” 

Chittagong

A human chain was organized in front of the Chittagong Press Club on Thursday, participated by people of all walks of life including teachers, students and human rights activists.

Protests condemned Nursat’s murder and demanded highest punishment of the perpetrators.

Comilla

Several human rights organizations formed a human chain, demanding exemplary punishment of the responsible culprits for the death of Nusrat.

The demonstration was organized on the road in front of the Comilla Town Hall, on Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, students of several education institutions including Comilla University and Comilla Victoria College held demonstrations in their respective campuses.