Angry protests flared up in Dhaka and elsewhere over the death of Feni Madrasa student, Nusrat, following an arson attack.
People from different strata of the society took part in the rallies demanding exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the attack.Gaurab-71, a platform of citizens, demanded death penalty for the prime accused, Siraj Ud Doula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa.
The demonstration was staged in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh intersection in the capital around 11:00am.
“Exemplary punishment must be awarded to the culprits involved in crimes like rape and sexual harassment of women in order to stop such horrendous offences,” said Golam Kuddus, president of Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, a cultural platform.
Professor Dr Muhammad Samad, pro-vice-chancellor (administration) of Dhaka University, demanded punishment to the culprits irrespective of political affiliations.
Later, the protesters took a procession. Starting from Shahbagh intersection, the procession paraded across different areas and stopped in front of Central Shaheed Minar.
Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, was set on fire on April 6 for refusing to withdraw a case against Siraj Ud Doula, who harassed the victim sexually. Nusrat’s mother sued Siraj for the offence.Nusrat was admitted to burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital at night on April 10.
Students of Magura Medical College staged a demonstration in front of Magura Press Club on Friday demanding punishment to Nusrat killers.
Students from other educational institutions also joined the protest around 11:00am.
In Kurigram, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad also formed a human chain in protest against the killing of Nusrat. Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, an organization that is vocal for punishment to war criminals, and other socio-cultural organizations joined the protest.
Held on Kurigram-Chilmari highway, the human chain lasted for an hour.
District Mahila Parishad president Rawsan Ara Chowdhury, general secretary Protima Chowdhury, district press club president Ahsan Habib Nilu, Sammilita Sangskritik Jote convenor Shyamol Bhowmick and Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee president Joti Ahmed spoke on the occasion.
In Barisal, Samajtantrik Mahila Forum and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front held a human chain to protest the killing of Nusrat.
The protest was held in front of Aswini Kumar Town Hall at 11am.
The demonstrators said the killing of madrasa student was premeditated. They said exemplary punishments should be meted out to the offenders.