Dhaka, 6 January 2020: January 7, 2020 marks nine years since the death anniversary of Felani Khatun, a Bangladeshi adolescent who was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF). In 2011, on this day, BSF members shot and killed Felani Khatun at the India-Bangladesh border and hanged her body from the fence. However, the main accused of the murder, BSF member, Amiya Ghosh along with his superior officers who were directly involved in Felani’s killing, were not punished. The farcical trial of Felani’s murder was first heard at the BSF’s internal court, the General Security Forces Court (GSFC), where the accused Amiya Ghosh was acquitted. Later, the same court, after reconsidering the verdict, acquitted Amiya Ghosh, retaining their earlier verdict.
Odhikar Statement_Nine years of Felani killing_2020 (full text in English, PDF)