The horrific death of a young student who was burned alive after she reported sexual assault allegations to the police has sparked protests in Bangladesh to demand more justice for women.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 18, who was from Feni, 100 miles south of the capital Dhaka, was tricked into going onto a rooftop at her madrassa, or school, on April 6, where at least four people doused her in kerosene and set her alight, reported Human Rights Watch.

Last week sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved.

Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni on April 6 and asked to withdraw the charges by five people clad in burqas.

When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight.

Ms Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone.

She died four days later with burns covering 80 per cent of her body.

Bangladeshi women hold placards and photographs of schoolgirl Nusrat Jahan Rafi at a protest in Dhaka

The violence has shaken Bangladesh, triggering protests and raising concerns over the plight of women and girls in the conservative Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people where sexual harassment and violence are often unreported, victims intimidated and the legal process lengthy.

Many avoid reporting to police because of social stigma.

"We want justice," Alisha Pradhan, a model and actress, said during Friday's demonstration.

"Our girls must grow up safely and with dignity.
"We protest any forms of violence against women, and authorities must ensure justice."

Tens of thousands of people attended Ms Rafi's funeral prayers in Feni, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised the teenager's family when they met in Dhaka that those responsible would be punished.

At least 17 people, including students, have been arrested in connection with the case, said Banaj Kumar Majumder, the head of the Police Bureau of Investigation.

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