A Bangladeshi teenager who publicly accused her school principal of sexual assault has died in hospital after allegedly being set on fire.
Local media reports that Nusrat Jahan Femi, 18, was dosed in kerosene before being set alight on the roof of her exam hall by a group of attackers.
The suspected attack has sparked outrage in Bangladesh, prompting protests demanding justice for Nusrat and a national conversation surrounding sexual abuse.
BBC Bangla reports that police have arrested eight people in connection, while the law minister said the government would ensure a quick trial in response to the demands of Nusrat’s family.
Police Bureau of Investigations chief Banaj Kanti Majumdar announced at a press conference in Dhaka that 13 people, including two girls, were involved in the brutal killing. A teacher was also detained.
Principal Siraj-ud-Daula has been held in custody since March 27 over the late student’s allegations – police findings revealed he was also implicated in the murder plot.
Two days before the attack, several people, including one defendant visited the principal in jail.
“Siraj-ud-Daula instructed them to kill Nusrat,” Mr Majumdar told the press briefing.
Before she died from her injuries, Nusrat reportedly relayed details of the attack to her brother.
Speaking to The Daily Star (Bangladesh) he said: “They asked her to withdraw the case against Principal Maulana Siraj Ud Doula. As she refused to budge, one of them poured kerosene on her from a glass and set her ablaze.
“With all of her body in flames, she ran down the stairs screaming for help.”