The rape and murder of Sohagi Jahan Tonu inside the Comilla Cantonment has met with huge protests in Bangladesh.
Police, who claim to be working on the case, have stayed away from commenting on the progress ‘because of the ongoing probe’.
Protests are going on in Comilla, Dhaka and other districts.
Tonu’s father Yaar Hossain, a fourth-class employee at Cantonment Board, has filed a case in this regard.
But three days after the murder, none of the killers has been identified or held.
Comilla district’s Superintendent of Police Shah Abid Hossain on Wednesday said they were still waiting for the autopsy report to determine whether the girl was raped before murder.
On March 20, the body of 19-year old Tonu was found with her head smashed near a culvert at the cantonment’s Alipur area.
Tonu was buried at her village home at Muradnagar Upazila’s Mirzapur, after an autopsy was done.
Tonu was in her second year studying history at Comilla Victoria College, and she also used to give private tuition to earn some extra money.
Around 7:30pm on Sunday, Tonu had left her student’s house to go home, but did not get there.
On Wednesday afternoon, students and cultural activists in Comilla held rallies and human chains, took out protest marches while some demonstrated by blocking the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway near Kotbarhi for an hour. They gave authorities a 48-hour deadline for arresting the culprits.
Even Ganajagaran Mancha at Dhaka’s Shahbagh held a rally and took out a procession demanding justice. Additionally, several organisations including Nari Sanghati, Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation also held protest programmes.
Even in Chittagong, student and cultural organisations demonstrated against the murder.
Protests are being done on social media as well where many are questioning how this incident took place in such a secure area.
A Facebook event titled ‘We Are Tonu’ has called for a mass protest at the Dhaka University’s TSC at 4pm on Thursday in this regard.