Death penalty in Bangladesh for 16 who set student on fire

epa07517125 Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) activists hold posters demanding justice for Nusrat Jahan Rafi during their track campaign protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 20 April 2019. According to reports, student Nusrat died five days after she was set on fire on 06 April by a group of five people The case sparked outrage all over the country. EPA-EFE/MONIRUL ALAM

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A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka.

The headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and at least two classmates were among those convicted.

Her murder shocked the country and led to a series of protests demanding justice for Nusrat.

The trial has been one of the quickest in a country where such cases usually take years to conclude.

'Justice for Nusrat' protest campaign in Dhaka
 Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) activists hold posters demanding justice for Nusrat Jahan Rafi during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. EPA-EFE/MONIRUL ALAM

Via BBC

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