#JusticeForNusrat: Honor Killing For Reporting Sexual Harassment

A ghastly crime

The Human Lens

The honor killing or shame killings culture that was born in pre-Islamic Arabia and South Asia have a world-wide impact today, as women and young girls continue to fall prey to this barbarity in name of culture, religion and so called traditions. 

The exact figure of world wide honor killings are difficult to ascertain due to lack of reporting and ineffectual recording, however according to HBVA (Honour Based Violence Awareness Network) at-least 5000 honour killings take place internationally per year.

Recently, the news is buzzing with the latest case of 19-year old Bangladeshi student; Nusrat Jahan Rafi who was doused with kerosene and burned at her madrassa school for reporting the sexual harassment she endured at the hands of the school principle.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi died in a local hospital just 10 days later of her injuries but refused to take back the complaint against the perpetrator who had subjected her to sexual harassment. 


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