Felani’s family yet to get justice

Felani’s family yet to get justice

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UNB, Kurigram (Bangladesh): Although six years have elapsed since the killing of Bangladeshi girl Felani by BSF members, her family is yet to get justice.
Teenage girl Felani, who used to work as a domestic help in New Delhi, was shot to death by members of India’s Border Security Force (BSF) while returning home crossing over the barbed-wire fence along with her father along Anantapur border point in Kurigram district on 7 January 2011.
Later, the BSF troopers hanged her body on the barbed-wire fencing at the border.
Felani’s death triggered a huge global outcry as a picture of Felani’s body, which was hanging from the barbed wire upside down, went viral. The BSF men handed over the body a day after her killing.
Following the public criticism, the BSF started investigation into the incident and submitted a charge sheet against its constable Amiya Ghosh who shot the girl.
However, a special court constituted by the BSF had acquitted Amiya Ghosh of the charge on 19 August 2013.
Later, in the wake of widespread criticism of the acquittal, BSF decided to revise the murder trial. However, another judicial court upheld the previous verdict and acquitted Amiya Ghosh again.
Following this, Felani’s father Nurul Islam with the help human rights organisation Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (Masum) filed a writ petition with the Supreme Court of India.
“I’m still optimistic that I’ll get justice from the Indian apex court,” said Felani’s father while talking to UNB.
Public prosecutor of Kurigram Abraham Lincoln, who stood for Felani during the BSF trial, expressed his hope to get justice as the Indian apex court accepted the writ petition.

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