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Outrage at Nusrat's murder keeps getting louder

April 14, 2019 00:00:00

FE Report

Protests against the brutal murder of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi continued in the city on Saturday as different organisations took to the streets to vent their anger at the heinous crime.

A number of right bodies, cultural organisations, left-leaning political parties and women rights groups and platforms staged demonstrations- raising the same demand, justice for Rafi.

They demanded that justice be ensured for Rafi through trial of the case under the Speedy Trail Tribunal and capital punishment be meted out to the perpetrators so that society can get a strong massage against such inhuman act.

Besides, they also demanded exemplarily punishment for those who were in support of the prime accused madrasa principal Siraj Ud Dowla and helped the suspect killers.

Protesters formed human chains holding banners, placards and posters in hands in different areas in the city, including Asad Gate, Science Laboratory, Shahbagh and in front of the Jatiya Press Club.

Besides, protests were also registered at Kalabagan, Elephant Road, Bata Signal, Kataban, Engineers Institute, High Court, Paltan, Dainik Bangla intersection and Rajuk Building areas.

The left-leaning parties staged demonstration at the stretch from Ganobhaban to Bangabhaban demanding justice for Rafi.

The leaders and activists of CPB formed human chains at different places from Asad Gate to Motijheel in the morning. Various other organisations responded to their call to join the programme.

"This is not just a movement of CPB but of all parties. Our movement against oppression of women will not stop," said CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim from a human chain in front of the RAJUK building in Motijheel.

Organisers will observe a women repression prevention week from Apr 20 to 27."

The details of the programme will be announced later, he said.

In another demonstration before the Jatiya Press Club, Bangladesh Online Activists Forum demanded justice for Rafi in 90 days.

President of the platform Kabir Chowdhury Tanmay alleged that the OC Moazzem Hossain committed criminal offence by documenting Rafi's statement and making it public.

Feni District Association in Dhaka demanded from another human chain that April 10 be declared as 'Nusrat Day' in commemoration of the ordeal of Nusrat Jahan Rafi.

Women Journalists' Forum, Chhatra Union, Eden college unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi also formed human chains and sought capital punishment for the killers.

A group of assailants set Nusrat on fire on Apr 6 by pouring kerosene over her body after she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment case against Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa Principal Siraj-ud-Daula.

She died in hospital on Wednesday, five days after she was attacked.

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