In memory of
Nusrat Jahan Rafi
(† April 10, 2019)
Digital Illustration, 2019
Nusrat, was 19 years old girl from Feni, a small town in Bangladesh.
She was studying at Islamic school. She had dreams and ambitions like
any other girl in her age.
I’m inspired by her courage to fight for her truth.
She had filed a sexual harassment complaint against her headmaster.
Many girls and young women in Bangladesh choose to keep their
experiences of sexual harassment or abuse secret for fear of being shamed
by society or their families.
What made Nusrat Jahan different is that she didn’t just speak out -
she went to the police with the help of her family on the day the alleged
abuse happened. For a girl in her position, reporting sexual harassment can
come with consequences. Victims often face judgement from their communities, harassment, in person and online, and in some cases violent attacks.
Nusrat went on to experience all of these. When she refused to withdraw the case against the headmaster, they set her on fire.
“I will fight this crime till my last breath.”