16 charged in Bangladesh for burning girl alive

SAZZAD HOSSAIN / AFP

Sixteen people have been charged in Bangladesh over the horrific murder of a 19-year-old girl.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi was burned to death on the roof of her school on April 6, after she refused to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint against the headteacher. 

Police said the plan was to present the crime as suicide, but Rafi was able to give a statement before she died on April 10.

Investigators are calling for the death penalty for all suspects, with police confirming that the headteacher has confessed to ordering her murder. 

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