Burnt Feni girl fights for life

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 08,2019 | Updated: 00:27, Apr 08,2019

 
 

Relatives take a student to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with severe burn injury on Saturday after she was set on fire at a madrassah in Feni. — New Age photo

The madrassah girl, who was set on fire after being doused with kerosene in Feni Saturday morning, is still not out of danger, physicians at Dhaka Medical College Hospital said on Sunday.
‘The 18-year old girl, admitted to our hospital with 75 per cent burns on her body is still in critical condition,’ the hospital’s burn and plastic surgery unit resident medical officer Partha Shankar Paul told New Age Sunday night.
He said that the victim was now undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit at DMCH’s burn and plastic surgery unit.
The unit formed a nine-member medical board comprising specialist physicians for her better treatment, according to an official notice signed by the unit’s department head professor Raihana Awal.
Officials said that the medical board, led by Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute project director professor Abul Kalam Azad, held a meeting at 12:30 pm to discuss her treatment.
Education minister Dipu Moni visited the victim at DMCH on Sunday at about 8:15 pm.
The victim, an Alim examinee from Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrassah, was set on fire after being doused with kerosene on Saturday when she went to the madrassah examination centre to sit for her Arabic first part examination.
Alim is equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate examination and the victim obtained grade point average five out of five in her Dakhil examination, equivalent to Secondary School Certificate Examination.
The madrasah girl came under arson attack nine days after her mother on March 28 lodged a case accusing the madrassah principal Siraj-ud-Doula of harassing the girl sexually on March 27.
Siraj was arrested on March 28 and but girl’s family said his followers had been creating pressure on them to withdraw the case.
The victim while arrived at DMCH on Saturday afternoon for treatment told New Age that she was set on fire after she protested against the misdeed of her abuser madrassah principal Siraj-ud-Doula.
New Age correspondent in Feni, quoting the madrassah governing body president and additional district magistrate PKM Enamul Karim, reported that the governing body on Sunday suspended the madrasah principal and formed a three-member probe committee to investigate the incident.
Siraj’s suspension will be effective from the day of his arrest, Enamul said.
He said that the governing body also suspended all the class of the madrasah until April 16.
The madrasah authorities also decided to provide Tk 2 lakh for the victim’s treatment, he said.
Enamul said that they would immediately install close circuit cameras at the madrassah to ensure safety and security of the students.
Sonagazi police station inspector (investigation) Md Kamal Hossain said that Chattogram range additional deputy inspector general of police (operation and crime investigation) Md Abul Foyez visited the spot on Sunday but no case was lodged in this connection so far.

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