Demand for justice for a 14-year-old Buddhist girl, who was allegedly abducted, converted, raped and murdered is growing louder in Bangladesh.

The minor girl was abducted from her Shilkhali Chakma Para home on January 5 last year.

Later, she was kept at nearby villages until January 8.

On January 9, she was taken to Shahpori Island in Teknaf, where she was kept at one Kala Monu’s home for the next two days.

On January 11, she was taken to Cumilla by a person Ataullah where she was converted to Islam and married to him.

Now after 11 months and six days, the minor girl’s body was found in a Cox’s Bazar hospital morgue.

The girl died on December 10, 2020 and her in-laws claimed that she committed suicide.

She left behind a 13-day-old daughter.

The incident has sent shockwaves across Bangladesh.

Several human, women and minority rights organisations in the neighbouring country have come out launching vehement protests and raising demands for the 14-year-old victim.

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Meanwhile, a factfinding report of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum blamed the police for their alleged negligence in carrying out the investigations after the minor ethnic girl went missing led to her death.

“The Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) was strangely negligent in investigating the minor girl’s abduction,” said Farha Tanzim Titil, a member of the factfinding committee.

“The minor girl could have been saved if the police had acted on time seriously tried to find her,” she said.

Meanwhile, human, women and minority rights organisations on Saturday held a candlelight protest in front of the National Parliament in Dhaka demanding justice for the 14-year-old victim.

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