Indian NHRC asks Indian govt to compensate Felani’s family with Rs five lakh

New Age Online
Felani Khatun

Felani Khatun

The National Human Rights Commission of India on Monday asked the Indian government to pay Rs 5 lakh in compensation to the family of Felani Khatun, who was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Forces in January 2011.
The decision came over a month after a special court of BSF upheld its previous verdict that acquitted one of its troopers for the killing.
‘Indian National Human Rights Commission board members made the call unanimously,’ Kirity Roy, secretary of Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha told New Age.
The Indian Human Rights Commission’s decision followed a request of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission to act on the killing of Felani Khatun.
Bangladesh NHRC chairman Mizanur Rahman in his letter to Indian NHRC chairman Justice Cyriac Joseph had said,
‘I would like to implore your Excellency to do whatever is in your capacity to ensure justice for the family of Felani – the victim, the unfortunate child whose body was found hanging from the barbed-wire fence in the Indo-Bangladesh border!,’
Fifteen-year-old Felani was shot dead while she, along with her father, was returning home from India through Anantapur border in Phulbari upazila of northern district of Kurigram on January 7, 2011. Felani’s dead body was found hung from barbwire along the border for hours.
After the media published the heart wrenching photo, protests erupted in Bangladesh.
A special court of the BSF began trial over this incident on August 13, 2013. The court acquitted the lone accused trooper, Amiya Ghosh, of the murder charge on September 6, 2013.
The same the court revised the trial upholding its previous verdict after Felani’s father appealed to Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh for revision trial in the case.
Later, a writ petition was filed with the Indian Supreme Court seeking retrial of the murder.
Banglar Manabadhikar Surakhsha Mancha secretary Kritiy Roy said his organisation welcomes the Indian NHRC’s gesture but also had reservation at the recommendation as it amount would be paid from public money instead of the perpetrators of the killing.

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