The Feni madrasa student who was set on fire on Saturday morning has been put on life support at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital this morning. She was put on life support around 12noon after her condition deteriorated further, said Dr Samanta Lal Sen, co-ordinator of the burn unit.
The DMCH authorities formed a nine-member medical board for treatment of the 18-year-old, now at the intensive care unit with 75 percent burns. She was also reported to have “lost the ability to speak” since yesterday. Doctors will go for a surgery if her condition improves, Dr Samanta Lal said yesterday evening.
The student came under attack allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against madrasa principal Maulana Siraj Ud Doula for sexually harassing her late last month.
Some four unidentified people allegedly took her to the roof of the three-storey administrative building of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Saturday morning, saying a friend of hers was being assaulted there.
The girl was an Alim (equivalent to HSC) examinee and a few minutes were left before the start of Arabic first paper test at 10:00am.
“They asked her to withdraw the case against principal Maulana Siraj Ud Doula. As she would not budge, one of them poured kerosene on her from a glass and set her ablaze,” the victim's brother told The Daily Star, quoting her.
Source: Daily Star