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Eid did not bring any joy to Nusrat's family

  • Published at 03:20 pm June 5th, 2019
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File Photo: Nusrat with her mother, and two brothers Collected

Nusrat died on April 10 after miscreants set her on fire

The cry of immense loss and the agony of losing someone very dear, a sister, a daughter, can be heard echoing through Nusrat's house.

As their neighbours prepared for Eid celebrations with their loved ones, the family of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was killed on April 10 when miscreants set her on fire, is left with only grief and hope to gain the strength needed to accept their fate.

Nusrat's elder brother Mahmudul Hasan Noman, younger brother Rashedul Hassan Rayhan along with her mother and father are still mourning her horrific death.

Even after two months since the incident, the events which took their beloved Nusrat away from them forever, still haunt each and one of them to their core.

When contacted early on Wednesday right after the correspondent wished her Eid Mubarak, Nusrat's mother, Shirin Akter's voice became heavy and she was unable to hold her tears back, remembering her darling daughter, Nusrat.

She said: "My husband, my two sons could not sleep a second. Her father recited the Holy Quran the whole night. Noman and Rayhan were crying for their sister."

As the call went on the correspondent could hear the whole family crying in the background, recollecting the memories that Nusrat left.

Nusrat's elder brother Noman, when talking to the correspondent, immediately became very emotional and nostalgic, recalling his one and only sister, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, whom he loved the most.

He said: "My parents along with my younger brother just cannot stop thinking about Nusrat.  Her absence during Eid is making things worse. I tried to control the others but failed. 

"There is a fire that is burning inside me for the death of my sister. I cannot make you understand what my family and I are going through now."

"Eid will never again bring joy, and happiness to us," he added.

"Every year, we used to prepare and have iftar together. During every Eid, our mother and I, along with Nusrat would go shopping. 

"We used to buy her clothes first and then for us. She chose the dresses for our parents herself. We visited nearby relatives together. There was no lack of joy and love in our family," he added.

Nusrat's father Musa said: "This Eid did not bring any joy for us. We are mouring the death of our daughter. I do not know what the future has in store for us and will we be ever able to overcome what happened to her."

"I could not study much but wanted to highly educate Nusrat. But all my dreams are now shattered. Everyone is celebrating Eid and we are crying, mourning the death of our dearest Nusrat."

Nusrat, who was an Alim examinee, suffered 80% burns to her body when she was set on fire on April 6 by four burqa-clad assailants on the roof of a madrasa at Sonagazi. The attackers were reportedly followers of madrasa principal Sirajuddaula, and attacked Nusrat as she refused to withdraw an attempted rape case her family had filed against the principal.

After she was set on fire, her family filed another case against eight people, including Sirajuddaula, on April 8.

The 18-year-old girl died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on April 10, after five days in treatment.

On 28 May, the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) said the involvement of 16 people, including Sirajuddaula, had been confirmed at different stages of the murder.