The girl who died strung on the Bangla border fence may finally get justice

FrontFelaniís father (left) and uncle (right) with a Bangladesh official and a lawyer

Speaking over the phone from Bangladesh, Islam recalled that he was taking Felani to Bangladesh so that she could meet a youth from their native Kurigram district that he had chosen for her to marry. The engagement was to take place the next day. Felani, who was born in Bongaigaon in Assam, adjacent to Cooch Behar district, to illegal immigrant parents, had been to Bangladesh only twice but reportedly wanted to marry and settle there.

Islam said he had been unable to arrange a "dalal" (tout) at Bongaigaon to help them cross. At Dinhata, he said, they hired "Indian border agent" Muzzaffar Hussain for Rs 3,000. "At the check-point, I crossed over, but my daughter's leg got caught in the wire. She started calling me for help, which drew the attention of the BSF patrol party. A BSF man fired. I was scared and started running towards the neighbouring Bangladeshi village, thinking Felani would follow. But she did not come. I returned to the spot after some time to discover her hanging from the fence," he said.

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