On January 7, 2011 a 15 year old girl Felani was shot dead while she was returning home in Bangladesh along with her father and maternal uncle. The teenager was shot when her cloths got stuck in the wire. The demand for her justice rose around the world when the photograph of Felani’s bullet-ridden body hanging from the barbed wire was published in both national and international print media. The verdict made by BSF Court on September 2013 found Amiya Ghosh not guilty due to “inconclusive and insufficient” evidence against him. This verdict created massive criticisms and annoyance at home and abroad. Thus, with an outcome of these reactions, retrial began on September 22, 2014 but again it created a shocking situation when the verdict of the retrial was given by acquitting Amiya Ghosh of the charge. Like before the verdict has been rejected and criticized immediately by the parents of Felani. Along with human rights organizations, reactions from the state level were also observed.
Bangladesh National Women Lawyers’ Association (BNWLA) is always in deep concern for establishing the rights of women and children. Thus, the organization cleared its view-point and took instantaneous measures just from the first verdict of the Felani’s case. In the perspective of the killing of Felani, seeking fair trial and compensation a writ petition (Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 201 of 2013) has been filed by BNWLA represented by its Executive Director Salma Ali accompanied by Felani’s father with the Indian Supreme Court on September 27, 2013 which is now pending.
The organization arranged a press conference on 7 July, 2015 at the office premises just after the second verdict of Felani’s case to make concern to the journalists regarding the case filed with the Supreme Court of India. Through the conference the organization expressed its fear that if various other cases are being filed on the Felani’s incident then it may damage the case filed by the organization. The organization asked the cooperation of all for ensuring fair justice by criticising the verdict as travesty.
In the conference, the gross violation of Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR), Articles enlisted in Convention on Child Rights (CRC), The Schengen Borders Code and the EU Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution was figured out. It was also expressed in the conference to follow general principles while using force in border area by emphasizing special attention to the monitors before considering them as illegal immigrants. In the conference, it was further expressed that for maintaining a good relationship with the neighboring country India, it is very important to ensure the rights of the people.