Human rights organisations in a joint statement on Thursday demanded that the body of Lakingme Chakma be handed over to her parents without any delay.
The statement was signed by Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha, Jana Udyog and Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, a platform of 20 non-government organisations including Ain O Salish Kendra, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.
The statement said that it is a serious violation of human rights that the body of the girl aged 14 has been in the morgue for over 10 days following a row over her religious identity.
Lakingme was brought dead to the Cox’s Bazar sadar hospital on December 10 by a Bengali family claiming to be her in-laws.
Lakingme’s parents said that their daughter had been missing since she was abducted from her Teknaf home on January 5.
They complained that their daughter was later forced to convert and marry her abductors.
Both Lakingme’s parents and husband are claiming the body for burial in accordance with their own ritual. The statement said that the conversion of a 14-year-old girl is not permitted under the law while her marriage counts as a child marriage.
They demanded that those responsible for forcing the child into marriage be immediately brought to book.
They also demanded an investigation into the abduction of Lakingme and her suspected murder.
Police filed an unnatural death case after Lakingme was brought dead to the hospital by her in-laws claiming that she committed suicide.
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