Nusrat murder verdict today



The verdict in the case filed over the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi will be delivered today.

Earlier, a tribunal in Feni set October 24 to deliver the verdict in the case filed over the murder of Rafi, who died after being set on fire.

Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Mamunur Rashid set the date after concluding the hearing of arguments of both sides. Public Prosecutor Hafez Ahmed who stood for the state sought maximum punishment for the accused.

Among the 16 accused in the case, 12 confessed to their involvement in killing Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Madrasah, before the court during the trial proceedings.

On May 30, Senior Judicial Magistrate court Judge Jakir Hossain transferred the case to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.

The accused are madrasa principal SM Sirajuddoula, Awami League leader Ruhul Amin, Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Imran Hossain Mamun, Hafez Abdul Quader, Iftekhar Uddin Rana, Councillor Maksud Alam alias Moksud, Kamrunnahar Moni, Saifur Rahman Mohammad Zobair, Javed, Umme Sultana Popy, Mohiuddin Shakil, Mohammad Shamim, Abdur Rahim Sharif and Absar Uddin.

On April 6, Nusrat Jahan Rafi was set on fire on the roof of the madrasa she attended, allegedly by people loyal to the principal of the madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as she had accused him of sexually harassing her in Sonagazi upazila of Feni district.

She lost her battle for life at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on April 10 last.

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