The Indian Supreme Court on Friday deferred until October 25 the hearing on two writ petitions filed over the murder of Bangladeshi teenage girl Felani by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the border.
A two-member bench of the Indian apex court also asked the counsels concerned to go ahead with any of the writ petitions lodged in connection with the gruesome murder, said public prosecutor of Kurigram Abraham Linkon.
Indian lawyer Aparna Bhat filed a writ petition while India-based Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha (MASUM) the other one in response to an appeal by Felani’s father Nurul Islam, reports UNB.
Felani was shot to death by BSF members while she was crossing the barbed-wire fences along Anantapur border in Kurigram district on January 7, 2011. Felani, who used to work as a domestic help in New Delhi, was returning home from India along with her father.
Although her father managed to get inside Bangladesh border by scaling up the barbed-wire fence, Felani was shot dead by the BSF men before she was able to do so.
Felani’s death triggered a huge global outcry.
After investigation, the BSF submitted the chargesheet against its constable Amiya Ghosh who shot the girl.
On August 19, 2013, a special court constituted by the BSF had acquitted Amiya Ghosh of the charge.
Meanwhile, in the wake of widespread criticism of the acquittal, the BSF decided to revise the murder trial.
On November 16, 2014, the revision trial resumed at the court. However, the BSF man was again acquitted of the charge.
Later, victim’s father moved the Indian Supreme Court against the judgment on July 13, 2015.