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Pakistani girl burned alive for reporting sexual harassment

There has been an outpouring of support, and protest, after a school girl was burned to death in Bangladesh. Police said, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation, Nusrat Jahan Rafi  accused a teacher at her school of sexually harassing her.

Police say Rafi was lured to the rooftop of her religious school where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.

When she refused, some of her fellow students poured kerosene on her and set her on fire. She died  later with burns over 80 percent of her body.

Police said today one of the 17 people arrested after her death claimed the school's teacher told them to put pressure on the girl to change her story and to kill her if she wouldn't.

Police also heard what Rafi claimed, because, they say, she talked to her brother in the ambulance and he recorded it on his phone.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promising to prosecute all those involved.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES


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