Protests over lynching: Bangladesh Protests Boy’s Death
Published: July 15, 2015
Protests over lynching: Bangladesh Protests Boy’s Death, The gang beating death of a 13-year-old boy accused of trying to steal a rickshaw has launched protests across Bangladesh.
The group of men who attacked Samiul Alam Rajon filmed their sickening assault and posted it on social media, where it went viral in the country.
The video reportedly shows the men brutally beating and torturing the boy as he begs for his life, laughing and taunting him as he screams and cries. Stills from the 28-minute video, which are still circulating in local media, show a terrified Rajon cringing, at times tied to a fence.
At one point, the attackers apparently tell him to walk away. When he tries, another shouts: “His bones are OK. Beat him some more.”
An autopsy found 64 serious injuries on the boy’s body, which was disposed in a nearby dump after the beating, police told media.
Police arrested five men, including the alleged ring leader who fled to Saudi Arabia. He was detained in that country.
Thousands took to the streets to demand the death penalty for the accused.
Almost 2,000 crowded into the plaza in the boy’s hometown of Sylhet, reported the Times of Oman.
The death penalty is not widely used in Bangladesh.
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